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Saturday, June 24, 2017

CUTS-TradeForum] BBIN countries are building connections.

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BBIN countries are building connections
Prabir De
East Asia Forum
June 24, 2017

The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) sub-regional grouping has realised that narrowing connectivity gaps is a must for facilitating regional trade. Improved connectivity, which the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is only making slow progress on, is essential to providing cheaper access to goods and services, creating more jobs and ultimately helping to alleviate poverty at a faster rate.

The BBIN initiative, as such, has emphasised building connectivity from its beginning. Its vision involves increasing trade and cooperation within Eastern South Asia, ensuring faster movements of goods and people, building sustainable development through water resource management and striving for climate protection.

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Also, see CUTS International's current intervention in the BBIN sub-region on trade and connectivity - Creating an Enabling and Inclusive Policy and Political Economy Discourse for Trade, Transport and Transit Facilitation in and among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Myanmar: Facilitating implementation and stakeholder buy-in in the BBIN+M sub-region (EPTAF Project) at:

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MAFUNZO YA SIKU TANO KWA MADAKTARI YALIYOANDALIWA NA WCF YAFUNGWA DAR ES SALAAM

Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF, Masha Mshomba, akimkabidhi Dk.Kezia, cheti cha ushiriki wa mafunzo ya tathmini ya ajali na majeraha kwa mfanyakazi aliyeumia wakati akitekeleza majukumu yake mahala pa kazi,  wakati wa kilele cha mafunzo ya siku tano kwa madaktari kutoka hospitali za umma na binafsi za jijini Dar es Salaam. Jumla ya madaktari 70 kutoka hospitali 35 walishiriki.

NA K-VIS BLOG/Khalfan Said
MAFUNZO ya siku tano kwa madaktari yaliyoandaliwa na Mfuko wa Fidia kwa Wafanyakazi, (WCF), ili kuwajengea uelewa wa namna ya kufanya tathmini ya ugonjwa na ajali kwa mfanyakazi aliyepata madhara mahala pa kazi yamemalizika kwa washiriki kutunukiwwa vyeti.
Mafunzo hayo yaliyofunhga na Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF,  Masha Mshomba makao makuu ya Mfuko huo, jingo la GEPF barabara ya Bagamoyo jijini Dar es Salaam,  yaliwaleta pamoja madaktari 70 kutoka hospitali mbalimbali za umma na binafsi jijini Dar es Salaam.
Mafunzo hayo yaliyogusa maeneo mbalimbali pia yaliwawezesha madaktari hao kujifunza Muongozo mpya unaohusu namna ya kufanya tahmini kabla ya kumlipa fidia stahiki Mfanyakazi aliepata madhara mahala pa kazi.
Akizungumza kwenye ufungaji wa mafunzo hayo,  Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF,  Masha Mshomba, alisema kuwa  ni iani ya Mfuko kuwa Madaktari hao wamefaifika na mafunzo hayo na yatawezesha ufanisi katika kjutoa huduma hizo kwa wafanyakazi waliopata magonjwa au kuumia wakati wakiwa kazini.
 Dk.Benjamin Najimu Mohammed, akizungumz kwa niaba ya madaktari wenzake. "Nia ya mafunzo haya ni kwenda kuwasaidia watanzania wenzetu kwa niaba ya wenzangu napenda kuushukuru Mfuko wa Fidia kwa Wafanyakazi, kwa kutambua umuhimu wa ushiriki wetu katika mafunzo haya ili hatimaye kuwasaidia walengwa ambao ni watanzania wenetu." Alisema Dk. Mohammed kutoka hospitali ya Kairuki ya Mikocheni  Dar es Salaam.
 Mwenyekiti wa jopo la wataalamu walioendesha mafunzo hayo, Dk.Robert Mhina kutoka Taasisi ya Mifupa MOI, akizungumza wakati wa ufungaji wa mafunzo hayo
 Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF, Masha Mshomba, akimkabidhi cheti cha ushiriki Dk.Arnold Mtenga
  Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF, Masha Mshomba, akimkabidhi cheti cha ushiriki Dk.Aida O. Salim
   Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa WCF, Masha Mshomba, akimkabidhi cheti cha ushiriki Dk.Alex Shuli
 Dk. Machumani Kiwanga akisikilzia kwa makini hotuba ya ufungaji

 Mkuu wa Kitengo cha Uhusiano WCF, Laura Kunenge, (kulia),  akifuatilia kwa makini hafla hiyo ya ufungaji wa mafunzo kwa wataalamu hao wa afya.
 Washiriki wakisikiliza hotuba
Masha Mshomba, (kushoto), Mkurugenzi Mkuu, WCF akiwa na Daktari bingwa wa upasuaji na majeruhi kutoka tasisi ya Mifupa MOI, Dk. Robert Mhina, ambaye ndiye alijkuwa mwenyekiti wa jopo la wataalamu waliotoa mafunzo hayo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WANAWAKE VIONGOZI KATIKA MASOKO WAMUOMBA RAIS MAGUFULI KUTEMBELEA KATIKA MASOKO AONE MIUNDOMBINU ILIVYO.

Ofisa Mradi wa 'Mpe Riziki Si Matusi' kutoka Shirika la Equality for Growth (EfG), Suzan Sita (kulia), akitoa mada katika Warsha ya Siku tatu ya kuwajengea uwezo viongozi wa Umoja wa Wanawake Masokoni iliyohusu ukatili dhidi ya wanawake na haki zao iliyoandaliwa na shirika hilo inayoendelea katika Hoteli ya Lamada Ilala jijini Dar es Salaam jana.

[CUTS-TradeForum] Azevêdo: We must ensure trade, climate change policies reinforce and strengthen each other

From: CUTS International

Azevêdo: We must ensure trade, climate change policies reinforce and strengthen each other
World Trade Organisation
June 19, 2017

Speaking at a workshop on trade and climate change held at the WTO on 19 June, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the WTO has an important role to play in examining the growing policy links between trade and climate change. For the WTO to play its full part, he said, “members must continue to deepen their dialogue, identify where the challenges lie, what current practices are, and of course – what the WTO can bring to the table”. 

This is what DG Azevêdo said:

Climate change is a global phenomenon. However, its negative impacts are felt differently across countries. And, as usual, it is the poorest countries that face the greatest challenges.

So there is real urgency here.

I think an open and informed dialogue on trade and climate change can provide a number of opportunities to WTO members.

I would like to highlight three of these today.

First, this dialogue can help inform members' views on the role that the WTO can play in supporting climate action.

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[CUTS-TradeForum] India ratifies United Nations TIR Convention

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India ratifies United Nations TIR Convention

The Hindu
June 20, 2017

India on Monday became the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, a move that will help boost trade through smoother movement of goods across territories.

The ratification is a part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.

“India’s decision to implement the TIR system will have far reaching benefits for trade and will save significant time and money by streamlining procedures at borders, reducing administration and cutting border waiting times,” Boris Blanche, Chief Operations Officer at International Road Transport Union said.

The TIR Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross-border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours. It will also help India in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force this year.

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[CUTS-TradeForum] As India’s Economic Indicators Slump, FDI Inflows Have Never Looked Better. Why?

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As India’s Economic Indicators Slump, FDI Inflows Have Never Looked Better. Why?
Nilanjan Banik & Khanindra Chandra Das
The Wire
June 20, 2017

Data reveals that a substantial portion of India’s FDI inflows comes from foreign investors claiming bigger stakes in Indian start-ups and brownfield ventures across various sectors. What does this mean for job creation?

A potential candidate, interviewing for a position on the faculty of economics at a prominent university, was recently asked a curious question. With India’s GDP growth, gross fixed capital formation and index of industrial production (IIP) all having slumped of late, why has our country remained a sweet spot for foreign direct investment (FDI)?

After all, basic macroeconomics tell us that if GDP growth is slowing down, a lesser number of jobs will be created, which will, in turn, be followed by a slowdown in demand. GDP growth in January-March 2016-17 was 6.1% (lower than the provisional figure of 7%) and the fall in gross value added growth was even sharper at 5.6%. The consequent fall in demand is seen to a certain extent in our IIP numbers (a metric by which factory output is measured), which slowed down to 3.1% in April 2017 from 6.5% last year. All the constituents of IIP – manufacturing, mining and power – slowed down.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

[CUTS-TradeForum] Getting GST right.

From: CUTS International

Getting GST right
Pradeep S Mehta, Amol Kulkarni and Sanjay Kumar Mangla
The Tribune
June 19, 2017

Prevent overcharging and ensure benefits are passed on to customers

A few days remain for the adoption of the first-ever competition reform — since Independence — to create a seamless national market without any distortions. As India awaits the introduction of its historic GST regime with bated breath, it will be prudent to take a look at the experiences of other countries on the introduction of GST and tackling related challenges.

GST was introduced in Malaysia, a federal country, in April 2015. It has been reported that the government received more than 5,000 consumer complaints on overcharging of goods and services in just 23 days of GST’s launch. The Malaysian government was benchmarking itself against the experience in Australia, also a federal country, which had received over 60,000 complaints during the initial period of GST adoption in the year 2000. Having prepared for the worst, the Malaysian government was able to conduct over 1,50,000 inspections during the first three weeks and issued close to 700 notices to traders to justify their price increases.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

[CUTS-TradeForum] Bulletin n°3: WSIS Forum, 2017, Geneva (June, 12-16th, 2017).

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Bulletin No.3 | Thursday, June 15, 2017

                                                                                                   

About this Bulletin

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies. The WSIS is being organised in Geneva, Switzerland from 12-16th June, 2017. With this bulletin, CUTS is keeping you all posted on the proceedings, as it takes place.

Session I: The Role of Private Sector in Mobilizing ICTs for SDGs


Moderator

Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Speakers/Panellists
  • Ms. Reine Essobmadje, Co-founder, Digital Coalition, Cameron
  • Mr. Stephen Ibaraki, Managing Partner, REDDS, Canada
  • Ms. Dominique Lazanski, Public Policy Director, GSM Association, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Carolyn Nguyen, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
  • Mr. Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development
Key Discussions
Avenues, where the private sector can contribute in mobilising ICTs for SDGs were suggested as smart governance, energy solutions, vaccinations, etc. It was also suggested that there is need of Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions and that the AI should intend to decrease human efforts and not reduce jobs. It was also suggested that the organisations should be responsible for their quality of goods and services, in terms of safety, effectiveness, etc.

The panel affirmed on the essentiality of educating all stakeholders on the aspects of utilising ICT for achievement of SDGs. There were also discussions around innovation. It was highlighted that, over the years, many innovations have been funded but none of them have reached the implementation phase. The primary reason behind this is the lack of inclusivity in the design of these innovations. Thus, there is a need to analyse the ecosystem and create a buy-in among stakeholders before deployment of technology.

The restrictions in the use of unused spectrum for community networks were also flagged. It was said that since the prices for spectrum are too high for the rural communities to afford, the concept of community networks is not gathering strength. It was advised that the Government should listen to the problem and participate with the private players in developing solution. It was also emphasised that academia and research institutes should also play an essential part in such discussions.

Session II: Africa and the Digital Economy: Benefits, Losses and Strategies
 

Panellists
  • M. Emery Okundji Ndjovu, Ministre des Potes, Télécommunications et NTIC, RDC
  • Mrs. Marion Jansen Chief Economist International Trade Centre - ITC
  • M. Mactar Seck, UNECA
  • M. Verengai Mabikai Senior Policy Advisor for Africa, ISOC
  • M. Ahmed Eisa (Remote participation)
  • M. Aboulkarim Soumaila, Secretary-General UAT-ATU
  • M. James Zhan, Director, Investment Division, UNCTAD
Key Discussions
Operators, Consumers and States interests should be protected in digital economy development, through more robust legal framework on ICT and e-commerce, which is the case of Congo RDC actually working on reforming their laws on the subject. Inoder to favour a sustainable digital economy, Africa needs a predictable legal and investment framework. It should be accompanied by sensitization programmes and capacity-building. Education is the key if Africa wants to leverage the opportunity to provide quality jobs to its youth.
The e-commerce process chain is divided into 4 levels: (i) establishing online business (ii) international e-payments (iii) cross-border delivery and (iv) after-sales. While analyzing the 4 levels, it appears clearly that the 1st level is where the key problem is for Africa e-commerce development. In ITC surveys, the challenge of lack of knowledge and information on how to establish such commerce is often pointed out. Concerning the 2nd level, in Africa the system of cash upon delivery is largely used, which is a main difference/gap with industrialized countries. But challenges on the 4 levels are faced by all countries in the world. Every country is a beginner to some extent, there is thus an opportunity to become a front-runner.

Other challenges mentioned in the discussions were infrastructure challenges, including lack of electricity/energy supply that is insufficient to develop and use efficiently the ICT in Africa. There is a huge connectivity divide between large and small enterprises, between rural and urban areas, particularly in the case of sub-Saharan Africa. There is also digital divide of 23% in the use of the ICT between women and men.

Africa should implement cross-sectors' strategies on ICT, to develop digital economy as well as achieving some of the SDGs. Africa needs political leadership to allow e-commerce development, there are good examples in the region such as Rwanda and Ethiopia that push for ICT development and already see positive results. Public and private dialogue is the key as well when dealing with digital economy development, to understand the needs, the ecosystem, the potential benefits for all sectors, etc. Finally, technology transfer and collaboration can be leveraged in a win-win situation for all parties.

Session III: Innovation in ICT Technologies, Broadband, Smart Cities and Manufacturing for Sustainable Development Goals


Moderator

Prof. NK Goyal, President, CMAI Association of India

Panellists
  • Honourable Minister of Communications for Nigeria, Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shitt
  • Mr. JS Deepak, India's WTO Ambassador
  • Mr. Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, Joint Secretary, MiETY, India
  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson, DSG, ITU
  • Dr. Eun-Ju Kim ,  Chief of Innovation and Partnership Department, ITU
  • Mr. A.K Gupta, CMD, TCIL
  • Mr. Suneet Singh Tulli, CEO, Datawind
  • Mr. Bharat P Dave, Alphion
Key Discussions
The session had individual presentations by the speakers. The presentations discussed on the aspect of low Average revenue per user (ARPU) for Indian consumers which are impacting the outreach. The need for innovation focussed for poor and marginalised was also emphasised upon. There was a brief presentation on the working of organisations such as Alphion and TCIL, and how are they facilitating the digital platforms, to reach to the last mile.

The ambitions of India to be the next manufacturing hub were also highlighted by showcasing of the achievements of Make in India initiative. Considering the importance of India on the global level, it was emphasised that in order for the world to achieve SDGs, India has to mandatorily achieve the SDGs. India achieving SDGs will define whether the world may achieve SDGs or not. Finally, how Nigeria has transformed itself into one of the attractive investment destinations was described by the Hon’ble Minister. He requested Indian organisations to invest in Nigeria, for which he ensured that such investments would reap them high gains.

Sessions IV: Towards Africa Digital Revolution


Panellists
  • Dr Salma Abbasi  | Chairperson and CEO, THE e WORLDWIDE GROUP, UK and Nigeria
  • Robert Pepper | Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning for Internet.org | Facebook
  • M. Victor Muo, ACCA, ACA | President IE Africa Club | Spain
  • Ms Reine Essobmadje | Founder of Evolving Consulting and Co-Founder of Digital Coalition  | France & Cameroon
Key Discussions
The 2017 Inclusive Internet Index is an interesting and useful tool (based in 75 countries and 46 indicators) looking at available, affordability, relevance and readiness of the Internet. Based on the results, it is clear that countries are making the transition to digital societies but majority of the connected world remains under-connected (infrastructural barriers, technical issues, policy irrelevancy, lack of understanding, etc.). Based on the Index, each country can identify its strengths and its areas of improvement (for example in terms of policy, competitive environment, electricity, usage...) and take decisions accordingly.

In Africa, there are now 527 million mobile phone subscribers, 300 million Internet subscribers and 3.8 millions of jobs were created in mobile sector. 194.000 Kenyans were lifted out of extreme poverty through mobile money. 45% of Kenya GDP flows through M-Pesa, which has favoured financial inclusion in the country and of the country.

But, opposite to these advancements and opportunities only 185$ million were raised by African tech start-ups, which is very little comparing the 27$ billion that were raised globally. The region needs to find ways to leverage more funds. Challenges of lack of education, lack of infrastructure, lack of funding, lack of policy framework, etc, are now well understood and thus, we should now discuss what we need to do. It is critical to learn from front-runner countries such as Kenya. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Many funds are available, but enabling environment and relevant business models need to be implemented. 

Session V: Digital Financial Inclusion


Moderator
Vijay Mauree, Programme Coordinator, Study Groups Dept, TSB, ITU

Panellists
  • Kennedy Komba, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (remote)
  • David Avsec, Universal Postal Union (remote)
  • Olutunmbi Idowu, Ericsson
  • Rory Macmillan, Macmillan and Keck Partners
Key Discussions
The discussions suggested the key elements of financial inclusion, namely Digital Financial System (DFS) Ecosystem, Consumer Protection, Interoperability and Technology, Innovation and Competition. For this it is essential to understand the dynamics of competition and availability of a level playing ground for entities, demand side and supply side. It was suggested that there should be no lock-in requirement for the consumers.

It was also suggested that the Central bank and DFS providers should collaborate to develop a commercially viable interoperability. There is a need to enhance the acceptance of e-payments by the small merchants as well. In terms of the supply side, there is a need to ensure the reliability of services while also ensuring compliance with the regulations. It was suggested the MNO led payment solution may pave way to creation of monopolies leading to vicious circle and limiting interoperability.

It was expressed that currently the practice is to legislate from distance and the real scenario is not considered. The panel suggested that something that works in different geographies may not necessarily work in others and highlighted the need of glocalisation. Finally, it was suggested that multiple regulatory or governmental bodies should work in tandem to achieve common goals. It was also suggested that the interoperability should be led by a government policy.

Session VI: Cybersecurity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

  • Ms. Moira de Roche Holmes, Deputy chair, IFIP IP3
  • Ms. Brenda Aynsley, Chair, IFIP IP3
  • Mr. Stephen Ibaraki, Vice-chair, IFIP IP3
Key Discussions
It was highlighted that the data consumption and generation in 2020 will grow by 50 percent as compared to 2010. Given the future as Internet of Things, connected device, etc. the 4th Industrial Revolution is dependent on AI and the future will be a phase of extreme automation. Thus, the biggest question is to understand the implication of AI on society.
Giving the examples of AI, in the fields of tracking poverty, diagnosing health requirement, education, micro-finance, etc., there is a need to have global partnership, for the efficient use of AI such as for reducing greenhouse emissions to developing smart cities.

ITU has partnered with IBM Watson A1 Xprize to understand the concepts of AI, which may be taken forward by the British Internal standard, IEEE and Stanford University. It was suggested that nowadays, people make use of AI everywhere, citing the examples of email filters, personalisation by ecommerce organisations, fraud detection in financial services, speech recognition, etc.

Finally, the aspect of trust was discussed. It was pointed out that majority of the websites; do not give you an option of declining acceptance of cookies and still being able to access the website. This should not be the case as the consumer should be able to control their data. The consumers should also be demanding security of data from the legislators.

 
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