2012 Events

Emerging Issues and Developing Countries

Dec. 12, 2012 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Geneva Week

On December 12, 2012 CUTS International Geneva organised a lunch meeting to give the non-resident WTO member and observer countries an overview of some of the "emerging issues" in the multilateral trading system and their implications for them, and presented some emerging findings of its ongoing PACT EAC project in this regard.

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The Multilateral Trading System in the 21st Century: Interaction Between Trade and Competition Policy

Sep. 24, 2012 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Public Forum

CUTS International, Geneva organised a session titled "The Multilateral Trading System in the 21st Century: Interaction Between Trade and Competition Policy" with the objective to revive the discussions about this critical interaction, towards shaping elements of multilateral rules on competition. Some of the questions addressed by the panellists included: How do trade and competition policies interact with one another? What are some of the costs of the cross-border anticompetitive practices? How effective would multilateralisation of rules be in addressing the negative externalities caused by anticompetitive practices of a country beyond its borders? Given the growing number of national competition regimes in the world, would such rules be better received by countries? What is the appropriate forum for negotiating and hosting such an agreement?

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Facing the Challenge of Climate Change on Food Security through Trade: Multi-stakeholder Capacity Building in the EAC

Sep. 17-18, 2012 • Kigali, Rwanda | PACT EAC Project

On September 17-18, CUTS International, Geneva, CUTS Africa Resource Centre Nairobi, and ACORD Rwanda, in collaboration with other country partners in the region, organised the First Regional Annual Meeting (RAM) under the PACT EAC Project in Kigali, Rwanda. The project presented its first year's outputs, including: five collaborative and evidence-based country research studies; draft training programme on trade-climate-food security linkages; several advocacy documents; outputs and outcomes of five National Reference Groups (NRGs), and notes for and reports on EAC Geneva Forum meetings. The meeting provided opportunities for the EAC partner states' stakeholders to gain insights into the climate-food-trade linkages in the region, network and connect with their counterparts of the other partners states, strengthen national-regional-multilateral links, and create momentum for holistic national and regional policies in the three areas.

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Climate, Food, Trade: Understanding Linkages & Stakeholders' Experience

Aug. 21-30, 2012 • Bujumbra (Burundi), Nairobi (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda) | PACT EAC Project

From 21 to 30 August, CUTS International, Geneva and its partners organised a series of meetings in East African Community (EAC) countries. There, stakeholders from the government, the business, farming communities, CSOs, media and think tanks, shared their perspectives on ways to address climate-related hunger through trade in their countries and at the EAC level. World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiators also briefed the audience on the on-going multilateral trade negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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FEAD National Dialogues 2012

May 22-30, 2012 • Nairobi (Kenya), Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda) | FEAD Project

From 22 till 30 May, CUTS International, Geneva and its partners in East Africa organized the last FEAD National Dialogues in each FEAD project country (i.e. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) in order to present the final studies and disseminate several advocacy documents.

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Integrating Agriculture, Climate Change and Trade Policies

May 22-30, 2012 • Bujumbra (Burundi), Nairobi (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda) | PACT EAC Project

From 22 till 30 May, CUTS International, Geneva and its partners in East Africa organized the first meetings of the newly constituted National Reference Groups (NRG) under the PACT EAC Project. Each national network represents all relevant stakeholders from government, business, farming communities, CSOs, media and think tanks, and is committed to making East African policy-making processes more inclusive in leveraging the potential of trade to address poverty and hunger in the context of climate change.

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Climate Change, Food Security and Trade: Challenges and Opportunities

April 24, 2012 • Geneva, Switzerland | UNCTAD XIII

CUTS International and SAWTEE jointly organized a side-event on "Climate change, trade and food security: Opportunities and challenges" during UNCTAD XIII on 24 April 2012. The major objective of the event was to discuss issues related to trade-climate change-food security linkages and to identify elements of holistic policy responses, in particular to inform the work of UNCTAD in these areas for the next four years.

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CUTS Launches PACT EAC Project in Arusha

Feb. 23, 2012 • Arusha, Tanzania | PACT EAC Project

CUTS International organised a two-day meeting to launch the "Promoting Agriculture-Climate-Trade Linkages in the EAC" in Arusha, Tanzania, on 23 February. The meeting was attended by about 50 representatives of international and regional organisations such as FAO and the EAC as well as of governments, CSOs, private sector, think tanks and media from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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