DDA is the key to unlocking Africa's economic potential
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CTA. 2003. DDA is the key to unlocking Africa's economic potential. Agritrade, August 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Speaking at the second ordinary session of the assembly of heads of government...
Speaking at the second ordinary session of the assembly of heads of government of the African Union on July 14th 2003, the WTO Director General Superchai Panitchpakdi argued that the 'Doha Development Agenda will be a vitally important tool in your efforts to unlock Africa's huge economic potential.' He maintained that 'African needs the security and predictability of a framework of global trade rules that only the WTO can provide.' Areas of concern that he highlighted included special and differential treatment, implementation, TRIPs and public-health and market-access issues in agriculture, non-agricultural products and services. Comment: Noticeably absent from the issues highlighted by the WTO DG were issues related to the trade-distorting effects of OECD agricultural-support programmes and the need for effective WTO disciplines in this area. For example no mention was made of the systemic reform implications of the current West and Central African initiative on the dismantling of OECD cotton subsidies.