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3 Participation in Regular Work – Chairmanships

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This chapter examines "chairmanship shares of regular bodies" to ascertain if they accounted in part for the explanation of the level of Africa's engagement/ participation in the WTO. The results of data gathered, analysed and interpreted suggested an improvement from a very low base between 1995 and 2005. However, systemically, this level remained low. The data collected for the chapter show that 1916 African WTO Members out of a total of 42 (i.e. 40 per cent) had chaired WTO regular bodies, although 92.8 per cent of African WTO Members are Geneva resident. No non-resident African Member had thus far held a chairmanship. The data analysed showed that although the share of regular-body chairmanships accounted for by Africa had gradually risen from 1995 to its current level, it remained low in relation to the number of African WTO Members. Chairmanships have several advantages in both regular bodies and DDA negotiating groups.

Keywords: African WTO Members; chairmanships; Geneva; regular bodies



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