African ministers discuss re-launching the WTO talks
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CTA. 2004. African ministers discuss re-launching the WTO talks. Agritrade, January 2004. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Ministers of trade and representatives from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso,...
Ministers of trade and representatives from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Egypt and the Economic and Monetary Union for West Africa met from November 13 th to 14 th 2003 to discuss the outcome of Cancun. The ministers re-affirmed their commitment to the WTO process and called on WTO members to restart negotiations as soon as possible. They also reaffirmed the importance of addressing issues of concern to LDCs within the multilateral process, insisting that agriculture remains the core market-access issue, and they supported continued coordination around cotton-sector issues. Comment: The indications are that alliances formed in Cancun involving ACP countries are in large part holding firm during the immediate post-Cancun manoeuvring. It remains to be seen whether these alliances will hold once detailed negotiations restart.