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AFRICA AND THE WTO: Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda, Edited by Dominque Njinkeu, Philip English, and Ademola Oyejide

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AFRICA AND THE WTO: Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda, Edited by Dominque Njinkeu, Philip English, and Ademola Oyejide

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The Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha launched a "comprehensive new round of multilateral trade negotiations", the ninth in the history of GATT/WTO. These negotiations will be broad-based and will encompass negotiations on the mandated issues (agriculture and services); further liberalization of manufactured goods; discussions on modalities for engaging in negotiations on the “Singapore” issues; as well as Africa’s positive agenda. This broad and comprehensive agenda has several major implications for African countries, including:

· The need to articulate an effective trade and development agenda at the WTO which focuses squarely on the needs and priorities of African and other developing countries;

· The identification of policy changes in developed countries to provide improved market access (preferably but not necessarily within the WTO framework), to facilitate adjustment in domestic sectors exposed to import competition, and to expand development assistance to build African supply capacity;

· The required multilateral cooperation beyond the WTO to expand trade through development assistance, as well as to deal with product standards, environmental protection and labor rights;

· The policy reforms and concerted public actions in Africa that provide a sound climate for private investment and to stimulate export activities.

WTO trade negotiations tend to be protracted efforts, which should allow ample time for follow-up research to inform the process. But that process has already started and African negotiators are being swamped with requests for inputs, and with information from non-African sources. Fortunately, a body of knowledge is gradually emerging which is directly relevant to Africa’s priorities and is generated by African trade specialists. The editors of this volume felt it was time to disseminate the available information from Africa in the hope that this would help clarify what Africa’s priorities might be and provide some ideas on how to address them. It covers trade in services in some depth, with both country studies and overview pieces. Other papers are devoted to industrial policy, intellectual property rights, special and differential treatment, and experience with technical assistance for capacity building. The volume represents an outcome of the ongoing research program undertaken within the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), based in Nairobi (Kenya), and its partner institutions. Other information and papers of this program are available at www.aercafrica.org or by writing to research@aercafrica.org.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
DOMINIQUE NJINKEU is the Deputy Director of Research of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) where he manages, among others, the trade research capacity building program. He has served as the Research Coordinator of the Reseau Politiques Industrielles in Dakar (Senegal), a trade and policy research capacity building program for Francophone Africa. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Yaounde (Cameroon), at the Universite Laval in Quebec (Canada) and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (USA). He holds a PhD in Economics, a Master Degree in Economics and Statistics, and a Masters Degree in Agribusiness economics. His research interests and publications are in trade and industrial policy and African Development. Current activities include, among others, networking African and international researchers, institutions, and policymakers in the areas of international trade negotiations and poverty reduction strategies. Dominique Njinkeu is a Cameroonian citizen.

PHILIP ENGLISH is a Senior Economist working in the World Bank Institute where he manages the trade policy-training program. He has worked at WBI (formerly the Economic Development Institute, EDI) for 6 years, designing and delivering courses on trade policy, public expenditures, labor issues and structural adjustment, with a particular focus on Africa. Before that, he worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada, the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the North-South Institute, also in Ottawa. He has published several books on the African Development Bank, North-South tourism, small-scale enterprise and Canadian development assistance. In addition to his three years in Abidjan while working at the ADB, he has also lived for one year in Dakar, Senegal while conducting research on tourism for his PhD thesis in economics. Philip English is a Canadian citizen.

ADEMOLA OYEJIDE is Professor of Economics and Director of the Trade Policy Research and Training Program at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is also the Executive Director of the Development Policy Center in Ibadan, Nigeria. His major area of expertise is international economics, with a special interest in trade policy and regional integration. He has been a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Planning, and has consulted for the World Bank. He has also been on the Advisory Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) for whom he has directed three collaborative projects in the areas of trade policy, regional integration, and bilateral and multilateral trade arrangements. He serves as managing editor of both the Journal of African Economies and the African Journal of Economic Policy. He also currently serves on the advisory board of the WTO, and the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) High-level Expert Group. Ademola Oyejide is a Nigerian citizen.

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Econmics/AFRICA

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