The Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, Lusaka and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African Countries (COMESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Mr Yusuf Dodia, CUTS Lusaka Board Member thanked COMESA for the opportunity to work together and see development in both Zambia and the region. The objectives of both CUTS and COMESA highlight the importance of collaboration between the two institutions. The collaboration between COMESA and CUTS will go a long way in promoting regional and international trade while considering consumers.
CUTS International Lusaka which has been functioning as a center of excellence in research advocacy and networking the past 17 years is keen to work with COMESA in these fields. CUTS Lusaka Programmatic areas include Trade and Development; Economic Regulation, and Consumer Protection and Governance. CUTS’ objectives include; initiating, undertaking and providing aid projects for the furtherance of consumers and public interest and to cooperate with regional and international agencies, governments and non-governmental bodies engaged in activities similar to CUTS.
COMESA in its mandate looks to bringing increased cooperation and integration in all fields of development, particularly in trade, customs and monetary affairs, transport, communications and information, technology, industry and energy, gender, agriculture environment and natural resources. Some of COMESA’s objectives include; attaining sustainable growth and development for member states by promoting a more balanced and harmonious development of its production and market structures, promoting joint development in all fields of economic activity and the joint adoption of macro-economic policies and programmes to raise the standard of living of its people and to foster closer relations among its member states. Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, COMESA Secretary General, said that he saw lots of opportunities for COMESA to work with consumer organisation such as CUTS. He said that he looked forward to undertaking research with CUTS that will benefit the people.
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