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In the context of a growing scholarly and practitioner interest in African affairs, this book provides the first comprehensive examination of the Africa Group in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in particular, and in the governance of international trade in general. Donna Lee explores in detail the role and influence of the Africa Group in the WTO over the last decade, tracing the emergence of the African countries as major protagonists in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and the Africa Group's relations with the major powers and other coalitions in the WTO. The chapters cover the negotiations of the key issues for the Africa Group in the DDA, including: the Cotton Initiative international sugar trade implementation agriculture non-agricultural market access (NAMA) services negotiations Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) measures. Revealing an active Africa Group and exploring the diplomatic strategies African members employ to influence WTO deliberations, the chapters also show the limitations of African agency and the profound inequalities in the existing international trade system. Africa in the World Trade Organisationwill be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, international economics and politics and international relations in general.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction2. Africa in the International Trade System3. The Political Economy of African Trade Policy4. The Africa Group in the WTO5. The Agriculture Negotiations and Non-Agricultural Market Access Negotiations6. The Cotton Initiative7. Sugar Subsidies and Africa8. TRIPs9. The Services Negotiations10. Special & Differential Treatment & Small Economies11. Trade, Debt & Finance - including 'Aid for Trade' 12. Conclusion