Trade and Sustainable Growth: Capacitating and Strengthening the voice of Africa’s Private Sector, 16 December 2015
Alongside the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, africapractice (AP) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) hosted a panel session on ‘Trade and Sustainable Growth: Capacitating and Strengthening the voice of Africa’s Private Sector’ on Wednesday 16 December, 2015.
The session brought together African private sector players and deliberated on the key constraints they face in the course of trade as well as opportunities for addressing them. AP will produce a report of the deliberations and will follow up on this session with engagements with private sector in Western and Southern Africa in 2016. This is with the aim of developing a structured private sector platform that will engage with multilateral and regional integration processes.
William Mwanza, tralac Researcher, joined the panel alongside Patrick Low (Fellow, Asia Global Institute), Darlington Mwape (Senior Fellow, ICTSD), Manu Chandaria (Chairman & CEO, Comcraft Group of Companies), and William Asiko (CEO, Investment Climate Facility for Africa). The session was moderated by Jeff Aludo (Managing Director, africapractice).
Key messages delivered were on the role of private sector in monitoring implementation of regional trade agreements and enforcing their rights within regional dispute settlement mechanisms where they are deemed to have been infringed; the infrastructure challenge to boosting intra-African trade along regional and global value chains; the industrial development-market integration nexus; and the important role of the private sector in shaping the Continental FTA agenda.
From L to R: Jeff Aludo, Patrick Low, Darlington Mwape, Manu Chandaria, William Mwanza, and William Asiko