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4 Participation – Negotiating Engagement

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This chapter examines the participation of African WTO Members in relation to other Members in the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) and its subsidiary bodies. It assesses their level of engagement/participation by examining the number of chairmanships held, priority areas for African countries in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations, and the quantity and quality of submissions/proposals made. Based on reviewed data, the analysis in the chapter primarily compares the level of African WTO Members' engagement/participation to Members from other regional groups. In addition, a comparison is made with participation in the two other core areas namely, regular committee work and the dispute settlement system. How did African Members' participation in the Doha Round negotiations compare to their level of engagement in regular committee work and dispute settlement? The chapter analyses the data to ascertain whether this objective for an activist engagement in the Doha Round has been achieved.

Keywords: chairmanships; dispute settlement system; Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations; participation of African WTO Members; regular committee work; Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC)



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