STAKEHOLDERS IN TRADE POLICY FORMULATION. OUTLINE Introduction Stakeholders: Roles and Means of participation Concluding Remarks Appendix: Some Factors that Affect/Shape Trade Policy Outcomes . INTRODUCTION.
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Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is mandated to prepare the Trade Policies and Strategies (like National Export Strategy). It has a number of institutions that facilitate trade (ZABS, ZDA, Weights and measures). It hosts a number of donor-funded projects as well – PSD, PSDCBP, JITAP/IF
Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MoFNP) prepares overall national development plans/strategies in which is one of the components. MoFNP views trade policy proposals in terms of their impact on the fiscal and monetary objectives. Proposals that adversely affect fiscal and monetary policy objectives are usually not taken on unless there is very high political commitment – as is the case with COMESA, SADC regional trade liberalisation agenda.
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MACO) is a major stakeholder, but not as active; may contract trade policy position because of food security, health, sanitary and phyto-sanitary concerns. Has trade facilitating institutions Mt Makulu, SCCI
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is more concerned with arrangements that touch on international relations and political governance such as NEPAD, ACP-EU, SADC and AGOA
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) renders legal opinion and advice on Trade policy positions taken by the Zambian Government. Its increasingly being involved in the formulation and negotiation of trade policy
Private Sector has participated in government policy formulation for some time, but not as consistently when the discussions are protracted
Little time, financial and human resources
Some times have conflicting interests
No proper representation of weaker interest groups (out-grower schemes)
MCTI engages private sector through associations (ZACCI, ZNFU, ZCSMBA, PSDA, ZBF) or through the different sector interest groups (Chamber of Mines; ZAM; ZEGA; Tobacco, Timber, & Honey Producers Association of Zambia; OPPAZ, Kaleya Smallholder Scheme; wildlife interest groups)
Some companies spend a lot of resources in trade policy discussions. Zambia Sugar (ACP-EU Sugar protocol); Swarp Spinning Mills and Clark Cotton (AGOA); Kalungwishi and Kafue Sugar probably interested in Great Lakes Region Market through SADC/COMESA
In mining sector, large-scale miners are more concerned with international metal price movements, but small-scale miners participate more in trade policy processes
Generally businesses show up when supply capacity issues are being addressed through various incentive schemes or possibility of low cost capital
Local NGOs (PELUM, ZCSD, ODCM, ZARD, CSPR) participation have not always been consistent. Now there is CSTNZ whose core business is trade related issues and is more active and consistent in following up issues
International NGOs (JTCR, Caritas, Oxfam, CUTS, Ms, FEZ/GTZ, KEPA) have supported local stakeholders participate in trade policy process through capacity building and sponsorship.
GATT/WTO is the main international body that specifically promotes open, free and rule-based world trade regime. WTO is very influential as it s used by big economies to secure more market shares around the world. Zambia can make use of waivers for LDCs to shape its trade policy.
Other United Nations organs
UNCTAD (Blue Book, JITAP/IF,)
UNDP (MDG 8:Global Partnership for Development) no coherent approach to achieve it through Aid, Trade and Debt Relief). Strong case that these are addressed through Aid-for-Trade, Monterey Consensus, HIPC/MDRI
World Bank influences trade policy through various studies and publications (Doing Business Survey, World Trade Indicators) and programmes (PSD)
Bigger economies attempt to capture sources/markets of raw materials in small economies through unilateral offers of trade preferences, or try to by-pass WTO rules, regulations. Others seek political support on international issues they have vested interests.
However these may not affect official trade policy of the beneficiary country
European Commission: preferential treatment and development assistance offered by the EC to the ACP countries under the Lome Convention or Cotonou Agreement. LDCs can benefit from EBAs as well
USA: AGOA and programs like MCA-ZTP, MATEP, PROFIT
Japan: Japanese International Conference on African Development (TICAD) and Triangle of Hope (ToH) in Zambia that is focussed on investment promotion of export-oriented industries, efficient public service and incentives to enhance competitiveness on international market
Zambian stakeholders have a fair chance to participate in trade policy formulation
How effective/influential depends on:
Increased Political/Economical Will of decision makers
Ability of stakeholders to make regular, technically informed contributions. Trade policy formulation or negotiation is complex, therefore requires a lot of dedication and resources to effectively participate
Regular, timely feedback of developments by duty-bearer to all stakeholders. Don’t leave this to non-state actor representatives
Better coordination, harmonisation of policies is important to avoid sending conflicting signals