December 11, 2013, New Delhi
CUTS in order to take the discussion forward on exploring how phama firms could promote Business Responsibility (BR) and behave as better business in India given the public interest interface of the industry, is organising a State-Business Interface Meeting on 11th December, 2013 in New Delhi. The meeting would try to facilitate a discourse among senior policy makers and industry leaders in the pharmaceutical sector, to develop a common understanding on feasibility and importance of BR in the sector. It would also help develop clarity on the role that central and state governments, regulatory agencies and business associations need to play in moving this agenda forward. Further, one of the anticipated outcomes from the event would be identification of positive changes that can be brought about in the process of implementing policies and regulations in the pharmaceutical sector to promote responsible business. It would also throw some light on the manner in which some of the key stakeholders need to improve their interactions.
December 10, 2013, Jaipur
CUTS International with support from the British High Commission, is organising a half-day stakeholder consultation in Jaipur on 10th December, 2013 in Jaipur.
CUTS International is organising a series of regional stakeholder consultations to understand their experience in public procurement system and to obtain stakeholder-inputs on (draft) policy briefs exploring interfaces between procurement policy and other macroeconomic policies such as manufacturing policy, competition policy, sustainable procurement, trade policy, fiscal policy and state-government-level-procurement policy in order to adapt them for the National Public Procurement Policy. These meetings are being held in Jaipur, Bhopal, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ranchi.
December 09, 2013, New Delhi
December 06, 2013, Bengaluru
Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) in partnership with Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) , would be organising a meeting on 6th December, 2013 in Bangalore to discuss the findings of the BRCC Project report entitled “Rethinking Business Responsibility in India” . The main objective behind organising this event is to share the findings of the BRCC project with relevant stakeholders related to pharmaceutical and private healthcare sector and especially scholars with rich experience and interest on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Business Responsibility (BR) issues in India.
December 05, 2013, Bengaluru
The Training Workshop on promoting business responsibility is being organized under the BRCC project, so as to facilitate the process of adoption of responsible way of doing business from the part of pharmaceuticals firms and private hospitals in India. The Workshop is intended to be a technical assistance activity, a training opportunity and a forum for exchange of findings of the BRCC project. The workshop also aims at identifying regulatory bottlenecks creating obstacle towards adoption of responsible conduct by the pharma firms and private hospitals.
December 03, 2013, Kolkata
The meetings are being organised in order to examine existing challenges facing uptake of responsible business practices in the Private Healthcare sector at the state level and initiate a discussion to address them. Through these meetings Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) and key actors in each of these states would try to comprehend difficulties faced by the Private Hospitals in becoming more responsible entities. Understanding these limitations would allow preparation of a roadmap for promotion of better business in the sector at the state level.
November 18-19, 2013, New Delhi
Competition is central to the operation of markets, and fosters innovation, productivity, growth and good governance, all of which creates wealth and reduces poverty. However, markets do not always function properly, and uncompetitive markets are often those that matter most for the poor. Many developing countries have now prioritised growth in their national poverty reduction strategies. Given that effective competition is a driver of productivity, sound adoption of sound competition reforms should be an essential component of any pro-poor growth strategy.
November 18, 2013, New Delhi
TThe main objective behind organising this event is to share the findings of the BRCC project with relevant stakeholders related to pharmaceutical and private healthcare sector and especially scholars with rich experience and interest on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Business Responsibility (BR) issues in India.
November 19, 2013, New Delhi
The Second Meeting of the Partners’ (Partners’ II Meeting) would be held in New Delhi, India on November 19, 2013.
The purpose of the meeting is to share the experiences and insights of the country partners’ amassed during the research work being undertaken for the development of the Diagnostic Country Report (DCR). This would be an opportunity for the partners’ to interact informally with each other and bring forth any common findings in the process of the study.
November 20, 2013, New Delhi
The Second Meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC II Meeting) would be held in New Delhi, India on November 20, 2013.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform to the country partners to interact with the PAC members directly. This would provide them an opportunity to get the PAC’s inputs on the country specific research findings and the primary research methodology for the DCR.
October 10, 2013, New Delhi
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS CCIER) has organised the mentioned Seminar on October 10, 2013 in New Delhi.
The Seminar has focused on the broader objective of adoption and implementation of National Competition Policy (NCP), which would require among other things, harmonisation of government policies at both levels (Centre and State) with principles of competition. One of the key issues discussed in the seminar is to overcome the challenges to adopt NCP in India.
October 04-05, 2013, Goa
Considering the need for evolving a forum for state level regulators/authorities in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, CUTS has planned to organise an interstate regulators` forum, a meeting on October 4 & 5, 2013 in Goa. The forum would provide a platform and bring together regulatory bodies from different states related to pharmaceuticals and private healthcare sectors for discussing factors that determine performance of firms pertaining to these two sectors and chart a progressive agenda for the way forward. The forum would also enhance coordination among the actors for promoting business responsibility in these two sectors.
October 03, 2013, Geneva
October 02, 2013, Geneva
October 01, 2013, Geneva
New Delhi, September 17, 2013
CUTS International with support from British High Commission, is organising a half-day project advisory committee meeting on the National Public Procurement Policy in India on 17th September, 2013 in New Delhi.
The meeting will discuss the modalities to be followed in the project and further intends to clarify the scope of the proposed National Public Procurement Policy of India. It will discuss to obtain comments and suggestions on the feasibility of evolving the National Public Procurement Policy of India and to identify cross-cutting issues such as public private partnerships, women entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises. Comments about the feasibility of the project and suggestions pertaining to research information, data and methodology will greatly help in taking the project forward.
Accra, August 26, 2013
Hon. Hanna S Tetteh, Minister, Regional Integration and Foreign Affairs, Ghana spoke on the topic “Regional Integration as a Tool for Poverty Reduction in West Africa” at ISSER Conference Hall, University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana on August 26, 2013. This lecture also marked the inauguration of the CUTS Centre in Accra (CUTS Accra), the third office of CUTS in Africa after Lusaka (Zambia) and Nairobi (Kenya).
The event was chaired by Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana. The panellists included Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, Vice President, ECOWAS and Mr. Ishmael Yamson, Board Chair of Standard Chartered Bank (Ghana).
Nairobi, August 19, 2013
Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) spoke on the topic “Regional Integration for Sustainable Development in the East African Community” at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on August 19, 2013.
The event was chaired by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, incoming Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The discussants included Prof. Japser Okelo, the chair of the WTO Chairs Programme-Kenya; Mr. Lamin Manneh, Chief Regional Integration Officer, African Development Bank; and Mr. Frank Matsaert, Chief Executive Officer, Trade Mark East Africa.
Bhilwara, Rajasthan, August 17, 2013
CUTS Centre for Human Development (CUTS CHD), Chittorgarh is implementing a project entitled, Stronger Voice to Excluded Children in Government & NGO Policies and Programmes (IPAP) at six gram panchayats of Chittorgarh block of Chittorgarh District of Rajasthan. The main objective of this programme is socially excluded children (Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes) in 28 villages of Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan, benefit from the development programmes, policies and schemes of the government, donors and NGOs by end of December 2013.
In this context, with the aim of entertaining, developing confidence and awareness among the children, an exposure visit will be held at Child Line 1098-Bhilwara on August 17, 2013. Under IPAP project, such types of activities are being conducted on a quarterly basis and good results are coming out. It will be a good experience for children as they will learn new things.
Lusaka, August 09, 2013
The NRG-I meeting in Zambia will take place on August 9, 2013 in Lusaka. The meeting is organised jointly with the country partner CUTS International Lusaka.
The meeting was attended by the NRG members constituted for providing advisory role for the project activities in India. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the outline and methodology of the Diagnostic Country Report (DCR). Inputs were also taken to make the research methodology country specific.
Legaspi Village, Makati City (The Philippines), July 30, 2013
The NRG-I meeting in The Philippines took place on July 30, 2013 in Makati City. The meeting was organised jointly with the country partner Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and Action for Economic Reforms (AER).
The meeting was attended by the NRG members constituted for providing and advisory role for the project activities in The Philippines. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the Diagnostic Country Report (DCR) outline and its methodology and to make it country specific.
New Delhi (India), July 24, 2013
The NRG-I meeting in India took place on July 24, 2013 in New Delhi, India. The meeting was organised jointly with the country partner CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC).
The meeting was attended by the NRG members constituted for providing and advisory role for the project activities in India. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the Diagnostic Country Report (DCR) outline and its methodology and to make it country specific.
London, July 15, 2013
Mr. Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London spoke on the topic “The Future of Global Trade Policy” at Commonwealth Secretariat in London on July 15, 2013.
Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, chaired the session while special comments were given by Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Government of the UK. The other panelists included Professor Alan Winters, Professor of Economics, University of Sussex and Professor Jim Rollo, Emeritus Professor (Law), University of Sussex.
June 24-July 31, 2013
In June and July, CUTS International Geneva and Trapca will organise five training workshops in East Africa on the theme “Climate, Food, Trade: Developing Coherent Policies and Programmes”. This free training course leading to a merit certificate has been designed to help key stakeholders of climate change, food security and trade develop coherent programmes and policies cutting across the three areas.
Geneva, Switzerland, July 09, 2013
Lectures were delivered by Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director General, WTO and Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, UNCTAD on the topics, “30 Years that have Changed the Face of World Trade” and “Trade, Competition and Consumer Protection” respectively at the WTO in Geneva on July 9, 2013.
Dr. Frederic Jenny, Chairman, OECD Committee on Competition Law and Policy chaired the session. CUTS Secretary General Pradeep S Mehta welcomed the participants and Rashid S Kaukab proposed the vote of thanks.
June 25, 2013, Geneva
June 14, 2013, Oslo, Norway
CUTS International with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Royal Norwegian Embassy, Delhi, is implementing a project The objective of this meeting is to share the findings of the project on titled ‘A Study of Environmental Standards and its Trade Impacts on Indian Textile and Clothing Sector’, (SESTI) with the relevant stakeholders and discuss future course of action based on its recommendations. More…
June 04, 2013, New Delhi, India
CUTS International with support from The Asia Foundation and Federation of Indian Export Organisations, is organising a half-day Consultation Meeting on Promoting Participatory Approaches for Removing Regional Trade Barriers in South Asia on 24 May, 2013 in Kolkata.
The objective of the meeting is to present the issues relating to Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) in South Asia as well as to present proposals for enhancing the process of NTB reforms in the region through a participatory approach and to elicit the views and concerns of multiple set of stakeholders, particularly those of the private sector, on the said proposals.
CUTS CART will organise four days training programme on ‘Financial Consumer Protection’ for a Group from Uzbekistan under the Regional Programme in Support of Microfinance in Central Asia supported by GIZ. This training will be conducted from May 13 – 16, 2013.
The delegates representing Central Bank of Uzbekistan, a group of GIZ supported consumer organisations (Federation of consumer protection societies of the Republic of Uzbekistan, National Association of Microfinance Institutions, Uzbekistan) and representatives of German international cooperation (GIZ), Uzbekistan. These delegates will be visiting RBI, NABARD and other financial institutions to understand the existing financial sector structures, financial consumer protection, financial inclusion initiatives, regulations and consumer complaint redressal mechanism related to financial services in India.
May 01, 2013, New Delhi
April 12, 2013, Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi
In this meeting we will discuss the role of civil society organisations in mainstreaming benefits from regional economic integration to national development and challenges therein through awareness generation and capacity building at the local level and monitoring/evaluation of inter-related trade facilitation activities.
11 April 2013, Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi
In this meeting there will be discussion on institutionalisation of an effective system of public-private-people dialogues to address non-tariff barriers effecting regional trade in South Asia. The objective is to endorse a business plan which has been formulated to advocate for an interventionist and participatory role of the private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholders in identification and removal/harmonisation of NTBs and to launch a network of policy champions to take forward the agenda.
04-05 April, 2013, Ahmedabad
The Training Workshop on promoting business responsibility was organized under the BRCC project, so as to facilitate the process of adoption of responsible ways of doing business among pharmaceutical firms in India. The Workshop was intended to be a technical assistance activity, a training opportunity and a forum for exchange of findings of the BRCC project. The workshop also aimed at identifying regulatory bottlenecks creating obstacles in the way of the adoption of responsible conduct by pharmaceutical firms.
March 23, 2013, New Delhi
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS CCIER) is organising the mentioned Seminar to mark the end of pilot project on March 23, 2013 in New Delhi.
The purpose of the meeting is to showcase the impact of the project to a larger audience comprising of policymakers, consumer groups, media persons, regulators, representatives of distribution companies, partner organisations, etc. from the state of West Bengal, Gujarat and few other relevant states.
The aim is also to initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the need and importance of demand side management and renewable energy in India and to facilitate discussion between policy makers and stakeholders to draw a forward looking agenda focused on policy reforms in the electricity sector with focus on clean energy.
March 21, 2013, New Delhi
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS CCIER) is organising the mentioned Seminar to mark the end of pilot project on March 21,2013 in New Delhi.
One of the main objectives of this seminar would be to highlight key policy areas/reforms for facilitating implementation of the National Competition Policy and focus on the mentioned sectors to identify the existing gaps against the touchstone of competition.
March 18, 2013, Jaipur
New Delhi, February 26-27, 2013 Agenda Consumers International (CI) in collaboration with CUTS International and co-hosted by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India is organising a two-day high-level Global Meeting on ‘Review of United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection’ at Hotel Crowne Plaza Rohini, New Delhi, on February 26-27, 2013. The objective of the meeting is to examine possible areas for redrafting and revision. The deliverables from the meeting will be a set of substantive recommendations to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from CI and its global membership.
Chittorgarh, February 26, 2012 Agenda
07-08 February 2013, Hyderabad
The Training Workshop on promoting business responsibility is being organized under the BRCC project, so as to facilitate the process of adoption of responsible way of doing business from the part of private hospitals in India. The Workshop is intended to be a technical assistance activity, a training opportunity and a forum for exchange of findings of the BRCC project. The workshop also aims at identifying regulatory bottlenecks creating obstacle towards adoption of responsible conduct by the private hospitals.
February 07, 2013, Chennai
With support from The Asia Foundation, CUTS International in partnership with Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) is organising a half-day Stakeholder Consultation on Promoting Participatory Approaches for Removing Regional Trade Barriers in South Asia in Chennai.
The objective of the mentioned consultation is to elicit the views and concerns of business community about non-tariff barriers (including procedural NTBs) hindering intra-regional trade and how to overcome them and prepare an advocacy agenda for the removal/harmonisation of non-tariff barriers between South Asian countries.
January 24, 2013, Jaipur
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
CUTS International with support from British High Commission, is organising a half-day National Consultation Meeting on Government Procurement – Opportunities and Challenges for India within the WTO GPA Framework on 31 January, 2013 in New Delhi.
The objective of the meeting is to share the findings of the subject mentioned study with the relevant stakeholders and discuss future course of action based on its recommendations and to explore more efficient government procurement system in India with greater transparency, efficiency and good governance which will help domestic as well as foreign enterprises.