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

ILEAP Workshops on Trade Negotiations and Development for Africa - EPAs and the WTO  

October - November 2005

In October and November 2005, ILEAP -- in partnership with Economic Commissions in West, East and Central Africa -- convened three regional workshops that aimed to inform and articulate African development priorities in trade negotiations: (i) Cotonou, Benin, 17-18 October; (ii) Arusha, Tanzania, 28-29 October; and (iii) Yaoundé, Cameroun, 1-2 November The meetings were held in advance of the December 2005 WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Conference, and emerged with a series of recommendations in Market Access, Services, Trade Facilitation and Aid for Trade. Participants included primarily African government representatives and negotiators from capitals, Brussels and Geneva, with additional attendance from local private sectors and civil society. Speakers were invited from a range of Southern and Northern institutions involved in trade and development. A number of papers commissioned by ILEAP in the regions informed the discussions, effectively tying research into the policy-making process and building longer-term analytical capacities in the regions.

Workshop 1: Trade Negotiations and Development for West Africa - EPAs and the WTO. Convened by ILEAP and the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS)

Workshop 2: Trade Negotiations and Development for East Africa - EPAs and the WTO. Convened by ILEAP and the East African Community (EAC)

Workshop 3: Trade Negotiations and Development for Central Africa - EPAs and the WTO. Convened by ILEAP, the Government of Cameroun and Université de Yaoundé II

The consolidated recommendations from the three ILEAP workshops were submitted to the 21-24 November African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade, where delegates met to forge the continent’s positions in advance of the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference.