Building Consensus

…bringing together stakeholders to raise awareness, build consensus, and increase the development orientation in technical assistance and capacity building on trade and investment

Pre-Cancún Conferences  

June 2003

July 2003

In preparation for possible policy options to be negotiated at Cancún, ILEAP was involved in producing negotiation modalities and collaborated with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Trade Policy Research and Training Programme (TPRTP) in the drafting of African positions based on the outcome of workshops at country and regional levels. Workshops brought together relevant stakeholders and country inter-ministerial committees to the WTO. The negotiation positions were also based on the African trade ministerial meeting held in Mauritius, June 2003 and from the African Union Countries' Summit in Maputo, 10 July 2003.

The purpose of these meeting was to review the overall trade negotiations process and the current state of African countries in international trade negotiations. They were also designed to discuss recommendations and strategies on negotiations issues, particularly with regards to Trade in agriculture, Trade in services, Market access for non-agricultural products, Trade related intellectual property rights, Trade, debt, and finance, and Singapore issues and Regional trade agreements. The following are the pre-Cancún ministerial recommendations on the WTO negotiations and individual countries reports submitted by Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

Papers and Presentations