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African trade ministers must stand for the poor

African trade ministers must stand for the poor

Negotiations on the Doha Round open again this year. If the going gets tough, Africa must remain the tough that gets going, writes *Moses Mozart Dzawu.This year promises to be a very busy year on the negotiations of the Doha Round. There is more than eight years’ work on the negotiating table but the final balance needs to be found and 2010 is the target set to complete the hard negotiations.

he Doha Round was adopted in November 2001 by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and constitutes a set of favourable trade issues that developed countries promised to reach agreement with developing countries.

Among some of the critical issues are for developed countries to reduce trade distorting subsidies given to their farmers and exporters in order to level the international trade playing field where developing countries cannot  give the same subsidies to their farmers.

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