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
non-agricultural market access (NAMA)
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 Organisation will be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, international economics and politics and international relations in general.
Donna Lee is Dean of the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford, UK.
1. Introduction 2. Africa in the International Trade System 3. The Political Economy of African Trade Policy 4. The Africa Group in the WTO 5. The Agriculture Negotiations and Non-Agricultural Market Access Negotiations 6. The Cotton Initiative 7. Sugar Subsidies and Africa 8. TRIPs 9. The Services Negotiations 10. Special & Differential Treatment & Small Economies 11. Trade, Debt & Finance - including `Aid for Trade' 12. Conclusion