A/ In 2017, SEATINI has dedicated itself among other things to conduct research, policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement and capacity building initiatives on several topics in the field of agriculture and trade among which are:
I. Regional and continental level trade reforms: This research is aimed at establishing the link between food security and trade policy reforms with a view to establish impact of the reforms particularly on smallholder farmers, women and youth.
II. Pan- African Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations: the key question is: are policy makers really taking concerns of women and vulnerable groups such as smallholder farmers to the continental negotiating forum (CFTA) on opening trade? Therefore currently, SEATINI is preparing position papers to lobby government to take concerns of various stakeholders to the negotiating table to ensure favourable negotiating outcomes.
III. Developing an assessment paper on EPA’s agreements. What benefits are we deriving as a country in participating in the interim EPA implementation and what are the key challenges?
IV. The World Trade Organisation is going to have the 11th Ministerial Conference towards year end. The mandated issues for resolution at this Conference include: public stockholding for food security purposes, special safeguard mechanism when faced with import surges pursuant to liberalisation, cotton subsidies by developed countries. SEATINI will continue to lobby government to join like-minded delegations in pushing for speedy resolution of these issues which are of concern to developing and least developed countries, Zimbabwe included.
VI. Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) (COMESA, SADC and EAC): The Zimbabwe government have not yet tabled their tariff phase-down schedule for the TFTA. It is important for the Zimbabwean government to declare its position so that stakeholders know and pro-vide their input into the process. South Africa has finally signed the agreement and countries like Botswana are expected to do so soon thereby providing new impetus to the conclusion and entry into force of the trading arrangement.
B/ Trade and Livelihoods Capacity Building Initiative; SEATINI is undertaking initiatives to build the capacity and strength of communities especially farmers in taking opportunities presented by multilateral, regional and bilateral trade. The organization is also undertaking initiatives to capacitate its constituencies to better understand the realities of trade – the opportunities it offers and the challenges it brings. This involve discussions with farmers, traders and other professions as well as policy makers, civil society representatives, business people. The objective is to ensure that trade works for more people and is just and inclusive. This programme as also aligned itself towards providing a better understanding of how trade links with SDGs. SEATINI is working with communities and farmers in Binga, Chegutu, Gokwe, Guruve and Mbire.
C/ THE EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement- Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries that was signed in Cotonou, on 23 June 2000 will expire in 2020. The agreement was based on pillars that are development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, and the political dimension. As formal negotiations for a post Cotonou partnership between governments will start by mid-2018, these EU-ACP relations are currently being reviewed in the “post-Cotonou” process. SEATINI is taking a leading role of evaluating the Cotonou Partnership Agreement amid concerns that the partnership was largely imbalanced. The most outstanding features of the agreement are the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which were a disappointment for most of civil society and the people. SEATINI is engaging in open national and regional dialogues and debates on the challenges of the CPA, opportunities for the future, ideas and perceptions for the future, and relationship challenges. Our focus is to better inform our constituencies on the realities of the partnerships, flag out the negative aspects and push for people oriented future partnership. The role of engaging CSOs and wider constituencies is now more important given the geopolitics and the new dimensions of cooperation that include aspects of climate change, peace and security, food security, value chains, global health and finance for development.
D/ Research on Global Health Diplomacy: South-South Cooperation in a time of Global Change
SEATINI Zimbabwe under the Regional Network on Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) and with support from the University of Toronto commissioned research on Social Justice-Oriented South-South Cooperation and health workforce issues for East and Southern African countries. This project is designed to gather information about how social justice oriented south-south cooperation has contributed to the goals of reducing inequities in and ensuring and stabilizing the health care workforce in areas of high need. This second phase of the research project covers four countries Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique. The first phase of the project implemented since 2010 draw case studies on south-south cooperation and health worker migration for Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The research project is part to a broader project meant to evaluate key challenges the strengthening of health systems. The outputs of the project inform African policy actors and stakeholders about the processes of health diplomacy and contributions of south-south cooperation in reducing health inequities and stabilisation of health workforce. A series of publications will result from the research; including policy briefs, synthesis reports and a final report for information and capacity building purposes.
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