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  1. 1. Trade Policy Making process in Uganda: the role of the Civil Society <ul><li>Jane S. Nalunga </li></ul><ul><li>SEATINI (Uganda ) </li></ul><ul><li>FEATS Inception Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>15 th Oct 2008, Kampala, Uganda </li></ul>
  2. 2. Structure of the presentation <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Policy Making process-theory </li></ul><ul><li>Trade policy making in Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>The Role and Influence of CSOs </li></ul><ul><li>Way forward </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>August 2007 the Government of Uganda came out with the National trade policy </li></ul><ul><li>The policy was entitled “ Trading out of poverty into wealth and prosperity ”. </li></ul><ul><li>My presentation is based on the experience of my organisations’ involvement in this process. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trade policy making –The theory <ul><li>Very complex & dynamic. </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Interplay between trade and other policies/issues </li></ul><ul><li>Response to specific & broad challenges facing the country/economy/people </li></ul><ul><li>Specific & broad aspirations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trade policy making in Uganda <ul><li>Response to calls for one coherent & comprehensive trade policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of the centrality of trade in development. </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of the complexity of trade negotiations and need to have guidelines . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Trade Policy making in Uganda : The Process <ul><li>Agenda setting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead agency –Uganda government represented by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade & Industry (MTTI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MTTI tasked with consulting the stakeholders through the Inter-Institutional Trade Committee (IITC) and also directly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IITC discussed the TOR for the consultant. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Cont. <ul><li>Consultants major role: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect the scattered trade policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collect stakeholder views </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resultant document discussed in IITC & in Stakeholders Conference. </li></ul><ul><li>Final draft presented to cabinet </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cont. <ul><li>The final out comes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade policy doc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation plan - The National Trade Sector Development Plan (NTSDP) 2008/9-2012/13”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 year rolling plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spells out short, medium and long term activities to be implemented to achieve the aspirations in the policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indicates specific players /lead agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indicates expected outcomes. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Role & influence of CSOs <ul><li>some CSOs members of the IITC good entry point to influence the Trade policy BUT </li></ul><ul><li>IITC membership and invitation ad hoc </li></ul><ul><li>Participation of CSOs haphazard </li></ul><ul><li>CSO participation in the trade policy process through the Civil Society Working Group on Trade ( CSWGT) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cont. <ul><li>And the Food Rights Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>CSOs had clear aim/objective for participating: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure a pro-human development trade policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring the aspirations of the people esp the most vulnerable i.e rural women onto the policy </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Cont. <ul><ul><li>Shared/ agreed objective was important to use as a yard stick to assess the gaps and the efficacy of the positions in the draft policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 meetings organised by CSWGT for capacity building of CSOs in trade policy making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other meeting held to discuss the draft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 meetings with the consultants to present their views. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Influence <ul><li>CSOs actively participated </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigned for the issue of inclusion of domestic trade in the trade policy </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of domestic trade critical to poverty eradication and as a stepping stone for international trade . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges <ul><li>Lack of continuity in engaging in the process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad hoc nature of the CSWGT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low inclusiveness i.e Kampala affair of CSOs working on Trade. </li></ul><ul><li>No systematic analysis of the policy after cabinet approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal participation in the NTSDP yet CSOs given some responsibilities. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Way forward: some proposals <ul><li>Trade policy making is dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>CSOs should get back on board </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the final document -can it enable people to trade out of poverty? </li></ul><ul><li>Actively participate in the implementation and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Strategise for the review in 2012/13. </li></ul>
  15. 15. END <ul><li>THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION </li></ul>

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