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2 Participation – The Capacity Factor

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This chapter examines the "capacity-factor question" in relation to African Members' WTO participation. It explores the following questions: In relation to other regions, what was the average size of African Missions to the WTO in the period examined? Where these based in Geneva? Did legal capacity for WTO work exist? In what ways did the level of legal capacity affect use of the DSU? What measures were taken to offset or compensate for insufficient levels of WTO capacity? In what ways has the African Group, or its individual Members endeavoured to address the question of analytical capacity? In what ways has the level of capacity affected systemic WTO participation? The broad question of the level and quality of participation of developing countries, including African countries, in the GATT/WTO system, has been linked to capacity constraints, unaffordable costs and human resource limitations in capitals and Geneva missions of these Members.

Keywords: African Missions; capacity-factor question; DSU; Geneva missions; WTO participation



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