|EU-ACP Negotiations on Post Lomé IV Convention - The Stand of Uganda Civil Society (DENIVA, 1999, 55 p.)|
To DENIVA, this booklet is an important input by Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and CBOs in particular to the debate and negotiations on the post Lomé IV Convention. The trade and aid pact between European Union (EU) and African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is critical to the latter's development. Civil Society is aware of the changed socio economic and political conditions globally: this would always be expected but what is equally outstanding is the recognition that Private sector, NGOs and other Decentralised actors must play their rightful role if the expected benefits from the convention are to be reaped -unfortunately, this is not fast forthcoming as it should be!
In this write-up, the target is the civil society organisations, the government and EU players. To the civil society, it is about awareness creation, development education and at the same time participation in post Lomé IV negotiations; to the Uganda government and EU, we want to be heard and we hope our views will be taken into consideration come the conclusions of the negotiations.
To be able to put together this document, special thanks go to: The Friedrich Ebert Foundation Resident Representative in Kampala Mr. Hajo Lanz and his staff for all support given to DENIVA in publishing this book - they have been great supporters of international advocacy by civil society; the many NGOs and CBOs and private sector stakeholders who contributed the views reflected here; and to the government of Uganda and EU Delegation in Kampala, for their endeavours in educating civil society organisations about the convention.
Thanks also go to Mr Patrick Luganda, a senior journalist, for his support in compiling this booklet.
I also acknowledge the contribution of various civil society actors, from within and without whom some of their positions are reflected here -1 hope by way of a logical conclusion, we have together popularised the awareness and debate on the post Lomé IV Convention. Lastly, any comments about this booklet are welcome if only to enrich it and reach out the wider public. It should be understood that this advocacy booklet is only a small contribution by DENIVA to the on going negotiations and I hope you find it useful as only a reference handbook.
J. Robert Ekongot
Policy Analysis and Advocacy
DENIVA July, 1999