WELCOME 2015

A New Year comes with its challenges and we are ready to take advantage of every opportunity that may come along the way. As the Centre approaches 2015, and also its second year of establishment, we extend our sincere gratitude to all who made 2014 a success. A major goal for the CUTS Accra Centre in 2014 was to strengthen its partnership with the ECOWAS Commission and the member state and also to design an innovative forum to engage experts and practitioners from the academia, ministries, development agencies, business associations, consumer organizations and regulatory authorities to discuss and take action on issues pertaining to consumer welfare and economic development in Ghana and in the ECOWAS region. Having set the pace and flight path in past year, the new year becomes the year of giant take-off. New milestones have been set and we hereby share with you our major goals for 2015 and a reflection of the Centre’s top moments in 2014.

MAJOR GOALS 2015 

  • Give impetus to the process of development of a functional competition policy by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI)

  • Work with ECOWAS Commission and member countries to enhance regional integration in West Africa in order to boost trade

  • Produce the State of the Ghanaian Consumer Report 2015

  • Initiate a project on “Cost of economic non-cooperation in ECOWAS” in partnership with like-minded organizations that have regional integration at core of their goals

  • Enhance visibility in Ghana and the region by developing and disseminating relevant policy briefs, discussion papers and press releases using traditional and contemporary platforms

TOP MOMENTS

The Centre celebrated its one year anniversary in August. Within a year ...
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CUTS ACCRA CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR

The Centre celebrated its one year anniversary in August. Within a year, the Centre has demonstrated ability to achieve strong feats in its thematic areas of competition policy and law, consumer protection, and trade and development. The Centre has become a key contact point for the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MOTI). The MOTI will be a key partner in all the projects that the Centre is undertaking in making sure that the reforms are embraced by the government. CUTS Accra has gained recognition from other two key ministries of the Government of Ghana - the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoAgr). Officials from these ministries were part of the CUTS Conference on “Benefits of Competition Reforms for Consumers and Producers in Developing Countries” in Bangkok.

www.cuts-international.org/ARC/Accra

In May 2014 CUTS Accra successfully won a local project to carry out the Advocacy for...
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CUTS PROJECT ON COMPETITION POLICY AND LAW ADVOCACY (COMPAD)

In May 2014 CUTS Accra successfully won a local project to carry out the Advocacy for a Functional Competition Regime in Ghana. The project goal is to facilitate the process towards evolution of a national competition regime in Ghana. CUTS is working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) and other relevant government agencies on this project which would lay the framework for the development of a functional competition regime. The project duration is 15 months and it commenced in September and it is being funded by the BUSAC Fund and has both research and advocacy phase.

www.cuts-international.org/ARC/Accra/compad

CUTS now has a vibrant presence in Abuja. CUTS has had a working relationship with ...
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PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ECOWAS COMISSION

CUTS now has a vibrant presence in Abuja. CUTS has had a working relationship with the Commission for many years now as a knowledge and capacity building provider. Subsequent to this, a memorandum of understanding between the two is being signed. The Centre and the ECOWAS Commission are designing joint work plan for 2015. CUTS has also established a permanent resident representative in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Centre has pioneered quarterly policy roundtable discussions which would soon...
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CUTS ACCRA QUARTERLY POLICY ROUND TABLE TO DISCUSS THE EPAs

The Centre has pioneered quarterly policy roundtable discussions which would soon be replicated by other Africa Centers. Four policy roundtable discussions were held within the past year to brief and help key stakeholders form a position on important issues of consumer welfare, competition and trade issues. One of such successful policy round table was organized to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and how best Ghana could garner benefits from the agreement should the nation sign unto it. As part of events marking the World Competition Day, CUTS held policy roundtable on the theme Competition Issues in Public Procurement.

www.cuts-international.org/ARC/Accra

CUTS Accra has gained recognition from the Office of the President of Ghana...
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RECOGNITION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

CUTS Accra has gained recognition from the Office of the President of Ghana. The Chief Executive Officer of the President’s Sector Development Strategy chaired the launch of the CUTS` Accra’s project for competition reforms and was also part of the International Conference on Competition in Bangkok last November.

www.cuts-international.org/ARC/Accra/events.html