[Zambia] COMESA to work with consumer protection body in research
COMESA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International Zambia. The MoU will enable the two organizations to cooperate and complement each other in the protection of consumers and customers.
Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya and CUTS Zambia Board Chairperson Mr Yusuf Dodia signed the pact on behalf of their respective organizations.
The MoU will foster closer links in promoting and strengthening trade and development, competition and regulation, agricultural research, climate change, food security and poverty reduction and general development in the eastern Africa region.
“The customer is king.,” said Mr Ngwenya. “All that we produce or trade are aimed at anticipating and meeting the needs of customers or consumers. So, in this respect, COMESA and CUTS can work together.”
Mr. Dodia commended COMESA for promoting a balanced and harmonious development of production and market structures adding that the two organizations have several areas of synergy.
“At CUTS, the ordinary consumer is not just a functional unit but a human being whose welfare and growth depends significantly on his/her association with economic production,” Mr Dodia said.
CUTS International is a civil society organization based in Zambia since 2000. The organization functions as a centre for research, advocacy and networking on issues of trade and development, competition policy, investment regulation and consumer protection.