Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Marking a milestone

Indrani Thuraisingham, Head of CI’s Office for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, reflects on CI’s new hub office in Oman; the ongoing process of revising the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection; and CI’s Consumer Organisations’ Sustainability Survey.

I am very excited to report that CI is set to open a hub office in the Middle East, to be hosted by The Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP), Sultanate of Oman, for an initial two years.

The establishment of this hub office marks a new milestone for CI towards creating a stronger voice for Middle Eastern consumers.

The office will enable CI to seek and explore further partnerships, funding opportunities and the increase in membership from the region. It will provide the consumer movement with the opportunity for closer relations and dialogues with relevant organisations within the region and across the world. 

I must express my heartfelt appreciation to both CI members of Oman and Jordan, HE Said bin Nasser Al-Khusaibi, Chairman of the Oman Association for Consumer Protection, as well as the President of the Jordan Consumer Protection Society, Dr. Mohammad Obeidat, who is Special Advisor to PACP. They were all instrumental in facilitating the cooperation programme between CI and the PACP. 

As next steps, we will work towards recruiting staff for the Oman hub office and developing programmes in line with CI’s priority work.

I am also pleased to report that as part of our Consumer Justice and Protection (CJP) global programme, led by CI’s Office for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, we have various activities ongoing. First is the ongoing work of revising the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection.

We are in the midst of drafting a policy paper that will identify areas CI wants to potentially make changes to and CI members will have the opportunity to comment and contribute their experience through a very transparent and consultative process.  We will keep you posted on the process.

In addition, under the CJP programme, a Consumer Organisations’ Sustainability Survey has been developed for members. It is one of the tools we are using to help CI’s full and affiliate members to develop as financially sustainable organisations. The results will form a tailored organisational empowerment programme. So help us to help you by completing the survey by 14 October 2012.

You can join our CJP network by emailing: cjp@lists.consumersinternational.org to keep pace with all of the CI activities I’ve mentioned as well as those of your fellow members and the consumer movement all over the world. I look forward to having you join the conversation.

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