Book launch – WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa
tralac and the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) have launched a new book examining the agriculture negotiations at the WTO and what a successful agreement might mean for Africa.
Agriculture remains a priority on Africa’s international trade agenda, and it features as one of the important issues on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Doha Development Agenda. WTO member states are preparing for the 2017 Ministerial Conference to be held in Buenos Aires in December.
With regards to the agricultural trade agenda, tariff reductions and domestic support remain important challenges and very little progress was made in these areas in the preceding Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi in 2015. This book focuses on these and a range of other important issues for Africa’s agricultural trade.
The book launch took place on Friday 21 April, 2017 in Pretoria and was hosted by the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) of South Africa. NAMC and tralac have been collaborating for several years; with NAMC experts participating in tralac Geek Weeks during which work usually starts on joint research projects. A number of books have been the product of this collaboration.
The NAMC’s Acting Chair Mr Andre Young welcomed guests and Dr Mmatlou Kalaba was the programme director. Ron Sandrey, tralac Associate presented a summary and highlighted key issues that are presented in the book.
The book is available to download here.