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Mission & Objectives

Established in Zambia in 2000, CUTS International, Lusaka has been functioning as a centre for action (policy) research, advocacy and networking on issues of trade and development, competition policy, investment regulation and consumer protection. CUTS has distinguished itself through its stress on consumer – producer synergies for sustainable increase in consumer welfare, given that the ordinary consumer is not just a functional unit but human being whose welfare and growth depends significantly on his/her association with economic production and the income generating opportunities arising from such association. Its role is to promote pro-poor policy and practical changes as well as promote regional integration and engage in long-term capacity building of diverse stakeholders to address developmental challenges in Zambia and in the Southen Africa region.

The mission of the centre is to function as a resource, co-ordination, as well as networking centre, to promote South-South cooperation on trade and development by involving state and non-state actors (NSAs). The centre works alongside various non-governmental organisations, donor agencies, inter-governmental and governmental bodies, especially in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) to achieve the following objectives:

  • establish civil society cooperation in the areas of trade, economic policies and the environment in Africa;

  • form national, regional and international coordination system and alliance building among organisations working on similar social and economic issues;

  • function as a resource centre to Africa-based NGOs, consumer organisations, the government and regulatory agencies; and

  • focus on capacity building activities on international trade, consumer protection, foreign investment and competition policy issues at national, regional and international levels.


Welcome

CUTS Africa Resource Centre (CUTS ARC), Lusaka, Zambia is the first set up of CUTS outside India. The Centre was inaugurated on 20th February 2001 by Honourable Mr. William Harrington, Acting Minister, Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia. Noted persons such as Mr. Ashok K Attri, Indian High Commissioner, Dr. Nicholas Kwendakwema, Chairman, Zambia Competition Commission and Mr. George Lipimile, Executive Director, Zambia Competition Commission attended the ceremony.
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