RAM Advocacy Programme is the main pillar of the association’s operation. For this reason, RAM have to ensure that the key issues affecting businesses are well researched and presented and raised through formal communication channels at all levels of the government and with social partners. RAM work together with PSF Secretariat to raise more complex cross-cutting issues and with member association on advocating on more specific sub-sector and association issues.
The key elements of the strategy under advocacy program include:
- Opening effective communication channels with the government.
- Increasing quality of the advocacy proposals
- Building capacity member PSOs to effectively advocate on specific subsector issues
The main advocacy channel for RAM is manufacturing Advocacy Platform. The platform is organized in form of public-private dialogue including government and member association representatives and other relavant stakeholders. The platform concept is based on the idea that advocacy process is essentially a form of structured dialogue. A structure is provided by introducing regularity in its operation and a set of agreed processes for identification, formulation and resolution of the advocacy issues. Alternatively, the RAM could use the existing and future PSF Advocacy platform on taxes, standards and environment.
Other advocacy channels include direct communication with the responsible government department, organization of advocacy events such as workshops, seminars and conferences and active participation in government organized events relevant for RAM issues.