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PARTNERSHIP CONCLAVE - 12-14 March 2003

Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) celebrated its 20th Anniversary in March 2003. The celebrations was marked by a ‘Partnership Conclave’ at New Delhi, India on 12-14 March 2003.

The theme of the conclave is “Governance and its Relationship with Poverty Reduction”. The purpose of the Conclave was to look at rights-based approach on issues of governance, which affect development, in particular poverty reduction, by showcasing instances of successes and non-successes from around the world. Case studies were selected by looking at the various governance areas where rights-based advocacy groups, that include consumer organisations, have made efforts in the following areas:

  • Economic policy and legal issues

  • Consumer-citizen action and legal issues

  • People’s empowerment and mobilisation

The case studies of successes and non-successes formed a key element of the empirical issues that aim to provide a better understanding of advocacy at grassroots level. The objective was to share this knowledge systematically, analyse it in a broader context, which can be catalysed further actions in similar situations in developing countries.

Speakers

Speaker Designation
Pascal Lamy Commissioner for Trade, European Commission
Evelin Herfkens UN Secretary General's Executive Co-ordinator, Millenium Development Goals
Campaign
Arun Jaitley Minister for Commerce & Industry and Law & Justice, India
Sharad Yadav Minister for Food & Consumer Affairs, India
Martin Wolf Associate Editor, Financial Times
Kamal Hossain An Eminent Lawyer from Bangladesh
Kaushik Basu Carl Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
David Kalete Programme Director, CIVICUS
I. K. Gujral Former Prime Minister of India
Erna Witoelar
Commissioner of the Earth Charter and Former Minister of Human Settlement and Regional Development, Indonesia
R. Shyam Khemani Advisor, Competition Policy, The World Bank
T. N. Srinivasan Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA
Muchkund Dubey Former Foreign Secretary of India
Tejendra Khanna Former Commerce Secretary of India
Charlotte Seymour Smith Head of the India Office of Dept. for International Development, UK
Suman Bery Director General, NCAER
Zafrullah Chowdhury Gonoshashthaya Kendra, Dhaka
Leena Srivastava Director of Regulatory Studies and Governance Division, TERI
Allan Asher Director Campaign & Corporate Communication, Consumers Association
James LoveDirector Consumer Project on Technology, Washington, DC
Rhoda Karpatkin President Emeritus, Consumers Union, USA

 

GOVERNANCE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO POVERTY REDUCTION
PARTNERSHIP CONCLAVE
New Delhi, India, 12-14 March, 2003

Day 1 – Wednesday, 12 March, 2003

0900-0930          Opening Session

Speakers          Arun Jaitley, Minister for Commerce & Industry and Law & Justice, India 

Chair                Muchkund Dubey, Former Foreign Secretary of India

 Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

0930-1100          Plenary I: Countdown to 2015  
                         How far has the world progressed in achieving the Millennium Development Goals?

Chair                Muchkund Dubey, Former Foreign Secretary of India

Speakers          Eveline Herfkens, UN Secretary General’s Executive Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals                          Campaign

 Charlotte Seymour-Smith, Head of the India Office of Department for International Development, UK 

 Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, USA

Moderator         David Kalete, Programmes Director, CIVICUS  

Inaugural address by   I. K. Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India

1100-1130          Tea/Coffee

1130-1300          Workshops 

                         Workshop I: Integrating Sustainability into Development Planning  
                          Facilitator: Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, USA

             Destruction caused to natural wealth through economic development, Solomon Islands
           
  John Roughan, Solomon Islands Development Trust

                         Model for Millennium Development Goals, Paraguay
                        
Cesar Cabello, Co-ordinator, Instituto Desarollo

                         Cross-border issues affecting poverty reduction in Southern Africa
                        
Richard Humphries, Southern African Regional Poverty Network

                          Workshop II: Privatisation of Public Goods  
                          Facilitator: Usha Jumani, Managing Trustee, Jumani Foundation, India 

                       Water privatisation in West Africa: Lessons from three countries 
                         Douglas Korsah Brown, Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Law and Development, Ghana

             Privatisation of the power sector, Orissa, India
                      D. K. Roy, Former Chairman of Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission  

             Towards Universalisation of Primary Education in India- The experience of 'Pratham'
                         Rajan, 'Pratham'

                         Workshop III: Promoting Health for the Poor  
                         Facilitator: James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology, USA

                         Community-based health insurance scheme, Gujarat, India
                         Akash Acharya, Community-based Health Insurance Project

                         Politics of Essential Drugs in Bangladesh
                         Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gonoshasthaya Kendra  

                         Traditional System of Medicine
                         Rama Baru, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

1300-1430          Lunch

1430-1600          Workshops

 Workshop IV: Reaching the Masses  
             Facilitator: David Kalete, Programmes Director, CIVICUS

                         Antyodaya: An approach for poverty alleviation, India
                         M. L. Mehta, Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan, India

                         Flood Action Plan in Bangladesh
                         Rizwana Hassan, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association

       Gram Phone in Andhra Pradesh, India
             Madan Mohan Rao, Rural Telecom Foundation

             Workshop V: Livelihood Security- What are the Issues?
             Facilitator: Bipul Chatterjee, Director, CUTS

             Code 95: Revision of Housing Laws in Kenya
             David Kuria, Intermediate Technology Development Group

                         Protecting interests of the fishing community in India
                         Thomas Kocherry, World Forum of Fisheries People  

                         Direction for possible interventions in poverty alleviation: A case study of Srilankan Tea Sector
                         Anura Herath, Economics Research Unit, Dept. of Export Agriculture, Srilanka

                         Workshop VI: Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair Campaign

                         Biranchi Upadhyaya, Country Representative, Oxfam GB in India  

                         About the Campaign: Anand K Das, Oxfam GB in India

1600-1630          Tea/Coffee

1630-1830          Plenary II: Beyond Johannesburg  
                         How can both the rich and the poor work towards sustainable development?

Speakers          Erna Witoelar, Commissioner of the Earth Charter and Former Minister of Human Settlement     
                         and Regional Development, Indonesia

                         Kirit Parikh, Professor Emeritus, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India

Discussants       Heba Farida Fathy, Professor of Statistics, Cairo University, Egypt.

                         Douglas Korsah Brown, Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Law and Development, Ghana

Moderator  Leena Srivastava, Director of Regulatory Studies & Governance Division, Tata Energy Research   
 Institute, India

Day 2 – Thursday, 13 March, 2003

 0900-1100        Plenary III: Critical Issues Faced by the Poor  
                        
What progress has the world made in fulfilling the basic needs of the poor?

Speakers         James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology, USA

                        Zafrullah Chowdhury, Director, Gonoshashthaya Kendra, Bangladesh

                        Malcolm Damon, Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA, South Africa

Moderator       Subhashish Gangopadhyay, Director, India Development Foundation

1100-1130        Tea/Coffee

1130-1300        Workshops

                       Workshop VII: Promoting Effective Governance             
                        Facilitator: Shubhashish Gangopadhyay, Director, India Development Foundation

                       Taking administration to the villages, Rajasthan, India 
                       Suraj Mal Meena, Spceial Secretary, Dept. of Revenue,Government of Rajasthan


                       The Dynamics of Corruption in the Indian Administrative Service: A study of Uttar Pradesh
                       Raju Sharma, National  Authority for Chemical Weapon Convention  

                       Economic PolicyResearch to Promote Effective Governance in Southern Africa
                       Dirk Hansohm, Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit 

                         Workshop VIII: Rethinking Investment for Development  
                        Facilitator: Suman Bery, Director, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India  

                       Laveesh Bhandari, Indicus Analytics, New Delhi, India Indicus Analytics, New Delhi, India

                       Atiqur Rahman, Associate Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Economics, North South University, 
                       Bangladesh

                        Workshop IX: Trade and Labour Linkages  
                       Facilitator: T. N. Srinivasan, Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA

                       P. Haridasan, Director, ICFTU-APRO, New Delhi

                      Gautam Mody, Centre for Workers Management, India

                       Allistair Smith, National Labour Economic Development Institute, South Africa*

     
                 Workshop X: Farmers’ Rights: Options Before Mountain Communities
 
                    Facilitator: Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and 
                      Environment, Nepal
 

                       Nabin Sen, University of Calcutta, India

                       Ghayur Alam, Centre for Sustainable Development, India

1300-1430        Lunch

1430-1600        Workshops

                       Workshop XI: Making Markets Work for the Poor  
                       Facilitator: Allan Asher,Director of Campaign and Corporate Communications, Consumers Association,                        UK.

                      Hindustan Lever Ltd. and Bhutan Government conflict on marketing issues
                  
    Suresh Moktan, Ministry of Trade and Industry  

                       Bank mergers in Canada
                       R. Shyam Khemani, Adviser, Competition Policy, The World Bank

           Workshop VIII (Contd.): Rethinking Investment for Development  
            Facilitator: Suman Bery, Director, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India  

Speakers        Sanjib Pohit, NCAER, India

                      Shalini Subramanyam, NCAER, India

 Discussants  David Ongolo, Adviser, CUTS-Centre for International Trade Economics & Environment*

                      Flora Kessey, Research Fellow, The Economic & Social Research Foundation, Tanzania

                       Workshop XII: Trade and Environment Linkages  
                       Facilitator: Veena Jha, Coordinator, UNCTAD

                      Ricardo Melendez Ortiz, Executive Director, ICTSD, Switzerland

                      Meeta Mehra, Fellow, Policy Analysis Division, TERI, India

                      Thiery de Oliveira, Programme Officer, UNEP

                      Workshop X (Contd.): Farmers’ Rights: Options Before Mountain Communities                                 
                       Facilitator: Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and 
                       Environment, Nepal
 

                      Ashish Ghosh, Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata, India

                      Biswajit Dhar, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade*

1600-1630       Tea/Coffee

1630-1830       Plenary IV: From Doha to Cancun 
                      
What should be the strategies for achieving an equitable and sustainable world trading system with global 
                       welfare as its goal?

Speakers        Pascal Lamy, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission     

                       S. N. Menon, Additional Secretary, Department of India

                       T. N. Srinivasan, Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA

Discussants     T. K. Bhaumick, Senior Policy Adviser, Confederation of India Industry

                       David Luke, Trade, Debt and Globalisation Advisor, UNDP

Moderator      Martin Wolf, Associate Editor & Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, London

1900-2200        Dinner

Day 3 – Friday, 14 March, 2003

                   0900-1100       Plenary V: What Type of Economic Liberalisation
                      Are regulatory policies meeting their objectives and targets?

 

Speakers       Abul Ahsan, Former Secretary General, SAARC, Bangladesh*

                      Gesner Jose de Oliveira, Ex-Chairman, CADE Competition Bureau, Brazil

                       R. Shyam Khemani, Adviser, Competition Policy, The World Bank  

Discussants    Peter Muchoki Njoroge, Commissioner, Monopolies and Prices Commission, Kenya

                      Veena Jha, Coordinator, UNCTAD

Moderator      Suman Bery, Director, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India

1100-1130       Tea/Coffee

1130-1330       Plenary VI: Consumer Rights and Responsibilities  
                      What should be the consumer policy approaches on GMOs?

Speakers       Wajahat Habibullah, Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, India

                      Rhoda Karpatkin, President Emeritus, Consumer Union, USA

                      Suman Sahai, Convenor, Gene Campaign, India

Discussants    Muyunda Ililonga, Executive Director, Zambia Consumers Association  

                      Sriram Khanna, Managing Trustee, VOICE, India

Moderator 
     Allan Asher, Director of Campaign and Corporate Communications, Consumers Association, UK

1330-1500       Lunch

1500-1700       Closing

                      Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

                      Muchkund Dubey, Former Foreign Secretary of India

                      Tejendra Khanna, Chairman, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited 

                      V. S. Vyas, Member of Prime Minister of India's Economic Advisory Council

                      Wajahat Habibullah, Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, India

                      Erna Witoelar, Commissioner of the Earth Charter and Former Minister of Human Settlement     
                      and Regional Development, Indonesia

                      Bipul Chatterjee, Director, CUTS

* TBC
For more information on the 20th Anniversary celebrations, please contact:
Mr. Apurva Dayal/ Mr. Vinayak Pandey

Our Partners

National Council for Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, India

Tata EnergyResearch  Institute, New Delhi, India South Asia Watch onTrade, Economics & Environment,  Kathmandu, India Confederation of Indian Industries, New Delhi, India International Centrefor Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva, India  Oxfam GB in India   

CUTS’ work today is divided into five operational areas:

  • Consumer protection, which includes accountability, and regulatory reforms,

  • Trade and development,

  • Competition, investment and economic regulation,

  • Sustainable production and consumption, including consumer safety, and

  • Rural consumers and women’s empowerment.

The CUTS was born in 1983 (and registered in 1984) out of a need to provide protection to the exploited consumer in Rajasthan, where there was no organisation for this purpose at that time. It began by operating out of a garage on a zero budget. Today, CUTS has five Centres in India, two at Jaipur, one each at New Delhi, Chittorgarh and Calcutta, and one in Africa in Lusaka, Zambia. It also has representatives in Nairobi, Kenya and London, UK. The organisation’s budget today is nearly US$1mn, and its staff strength is nearly 100.

CUTS is accredited to the UNCTAD, and to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and works with several international organisations such as Consumers International; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; South Asia Economics & Environment; Environment Liaison Centre International, and Consumer Coordination Council in India.

GROWTH IN 20 YEARS

Number of Offices & Space

  • In 1983-4, CUTS began operations out of a garage with about 150sq.ft at Jaipur and had one programme - consumer protection.

  • In 1991-2, CUTS had three offices- 700sq.ft. at its head office and that of the Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CART) in Jaipur, 500sq.ft. for the Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CITEE) in Calcutta, and 300sq.ft. for the Centre for Human Development (CHD) in Chittorgarh.

  • In 2001-2, CUTS occupies 3,500sq.ft. at its head office in Jaipur, including that of CITEE and C-CIER, 1,000sq.ft. for CART, 2,000sq.ft. for CHD, 1,200sq.ft. for the Centre for Sustainable Production and Consumption (C-SPAC) in Calcutta, 800sq.ft. for the Africa in Lusaka, Zambia - a growthof 47 percent per annum in a decade. Now, we have five programme centres, a resource centre in Africa forSouth-South civil society cooperation, and representative offices in in Nairobi, Kenya, and in London, UK. Both will soon become full fledged offices in 2003.
Staff
  • In 1983-4, we had few volunteers and no staff.
  • In 1991-2, we had 10 staff with 20 percent women.
  • In 2001-2, we have 100 staff, with 40 percent women - a growth of 70 percent per annum.


Budget
  • In 1983-4, our budget was Rs.3000.
  • In 1991-2, our budget was Rs.1,173,000.
  • In 2001-2, our budget is Rs.42,268,000 - a growth of 350% per annum.

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