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Presentation on theme: "MID-TERM REPORT FOR THE UGANDA IAP PROJECT By Telly Eugene Muramira Director; Policy, Planning and Information NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHRORITY."— Presentation transcript:


2 Background Information conceived in light of the need to integrate environmental considerations in national planning processes; specifically the new trade policy and trade sector strategic plan; the global context also addressed WSSD Plan of Implementation regarding need to support governments to take holistic and inter-sectoral approaches to sustainable development; the project reflects a lot of collaborative effort between us and UNEP and other national and international initiatives e.g. HELI etc.

3 Objectives of the project (overall) focuses on an integrated assessment and analysis of the new trade policy; to integrate key social, economic and environmental issues; to ensure that the final version of the policy reflects and appropriately addresses the linkages between trade, the environment and health.

4 Specific objectives include raising awareness of the linkages between trade, health and environment; guiding and informing the design of an integrated National Trade Policy and National Trade Policy Strategic Plan; building capacity in integrated assessment and planning and design of integrated trade policies, programs and plans; providing a basis for conducting integrated assessments through among other things, broad stakeholders participation and consultations; contributing to Uganda’s commitment to achieve the goals set out in the WSSD Plan of Implementation on the issues of trade, poverty and sustainable development.

5 Organization of the Project multi-sectoral initiative involving a wide range of stakeholders; include NEMA and EPRC who jointly signed the project MoU with UNEP and the MWLE, MTTI, MoH, MFPED, NPA, PMA Secretariat, ACODE who are members of a national technical steering committee.

6 Description of the Project Process Preparatory meeting in February 2003 in Geneva; Launch of initiative in June 2003 in Geneva; Review meeting in March 2004 in Korea ahead of the UNEP GC meeting; National project launch in Uganda 7 – 8 September 2004; – Discussed the background and objectives of the project –key elements of selected planning process etc. –questioned the sustainability of the Ugandan PEAP as the selected planning process and agreed that the new Trade Policy Review Process be analysed instead

7 Description of the Project Process (Continued) have therefore undertaken another background study of the Draft National Trade Policy process; work is coordinated by the NTSC which meets frequently to technically guide the work (10 times); have met the consultants, ENR-SWG, Trade SWG, line ministries, NGOs etc.

8 Activities undertaken so far project successfully launched in September 2004 background study on the project process and the PEAP completed several consultations done new background study focusing on the trade sector strategic plan and trade policy near completion comprehensive work plan also done – as will be presented later

9 Stakeholder involvement key stakeholders drawn from a rather wide background include the National Technical Steering Committee of 9 list of stakeholders including ENR-SWG, PQAD, PMAU, PMA Sub-committee on NRs, EPRC, ULAA, line ministries, PSF, Private Sector Donor sub-group

10 Methods for stakeholder involvement main modality is National Technical Steering Committee Direct consultations on background papers and other execution of the project National workshops and the planned regional sensitization workshops

11 Description of the Planning Process planning process is the National Trade Policy and National Trade Strategic Plan Key stakeholders include government line ministries and the private sector Initial concern was updating the National Trade Polices/Laws with new issues pertaining to the Multi-lateral Trading System (MTS) in 1999. the original impetus came from a Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Program (JITAP) focusing on MTS issues this has evolved into the Inter-Institutional Trade Committee (IITC) covering all trade policy issues The IITC with DFID support undertook a Uganda Trade and Poverty Program to link trade policy reforms with poverty reduction This generated a zero draft of the Pro-poor National Trade Policy for Uganda which is the raw material for the IAP process in the country

12 Key gaps of the substance of the planning process issues raised here are based on the trade policy background study done as part of the IAP process the draft policy focuses on WTO requirements, and gives less attention to local environmental and health considerations thrust aimed at impressing foreign investors – potential watering down of local environment and health requirements focus on government/public sector civil society relationship without duly addressing the private sector the draft is generally weak on health, environment and general sustainable development issues

13 Key gaps of the process undertaken inadequate consultations and studies on key issues on trade and sustainable development little opportunity for public representation and influence

14 Tools and methods to overcome weaknesses embodied in a proposed framework of five actions including identification and bringing board all relevant stakeholders defining the indicators of sustainable development that will inform the IAP process assessment of the contribution of the policy, plan or program on sustainable development analysis of actual/planned actions under the policy recommendation of actions under the IAP process

15 Key Economic, Social and Environmental issues the background paper on the Trade Policy touched on some issues though in passing - sustainability of the environment and natural resource base –pollution control –environment policy processes

16 Preliminary results of the IAP process procedurally the Trade Policy process is now more consultative and participatory involving more stakeholder discussion through the ENR-SWG, Trade SWG, IAP team etc. In terms of substance, the draft now covers more area to include environment, health and sustainable development issues

17 Key Challenges Cost of time and financial resources in view of the greater participation envisaged through the IAP process Harmonization of rather non-convergent views

18 Planned Activities and Next steps Outlined in the country paper but key highlights include; Completion and wide discussion of issues raised in background document Seminar with parliamentary sessional committee on trade Regional sensitization workshops Development of guidelines and relevant sustainability indicators for the trade sector Recommendation of indicators for integration in policy document National consensus workshop and final reporting.

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