Norway strengthens its ties with CUTS International

Jaipur, March 14, 2007

An agreement was signed today between Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and CUTS International here in Jaipur to consolidate a project on strengthening competition regimes in seven countries of eastern and southern Africa. The first stage of the project had been successfully implemented by CUTS, and an independent evaluation had recommended NORAD to support activities of the second stage of this project.
A delegation of 15 Parliamentarians headed by Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland, President of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), currently touring India were witness to the signing of the agreement. The delegation were visiting CUTS and had a discussion with CUTS researchers and staff, taking stock of the organisation’s work on international trade and competition policy and law activities in various parts of the developing world.

The stage is set for CUTS to implement project activities in the seven project countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Uganda. The project entitled, ‘Capacity Building on Competition Policy in Select Countries of Eastern and Southern Africa’ (also referred to as the 7Up3 project) is consistent with the ‘Trilateral Development Cooperation’ (TDC) approach operationalised by CUTS in its work on international development projects especially on issues like – international trade and competition policy and law. .

The TDC approach envisages provision of technical assistance by a southern provider to a southern recipient, with support from a northern donor.

Ambassador Jon Westborg of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi signed the contract on behalf of NORAD, while Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General of CUTS International signed on behalf of CUTS