Tuesday, January 19, 2016

COMING UP!> Ep.58 of "Africa in Focus" Show on 20 January, 2016: What happened in Kenya at the WTO?

Episode #58:
What happened at the WTO in Kenya?

In December 2015, the world met in Africa for the first time to discuss global trade .

The Kenyan capital Nairobi hosted the Tenth World Trade Organisation meeting, hoping to conclude the so-called Doha round of negotiations which conclusion had remained abortive since 2001.

In Ghana, there was scant coverage of the meeting as COP21 discussions on climate change seemed to virtually eclipse those on global trade.  

We want to use Episode 58 to discuss what exactly happened in Kenya at the WTO negotiations, and what the major outcomes are.

As far back as 2001 when the Doha Round commenced, the topic barely inspired the Ghanaian media. Fourteen years down the line, the inspiration, or lack thereof, has not spawned any novel excitement that would even trigger an important conversation on Africa's place in the global trading system.

Does Africa have its work already cut out for it in the trading system? And what about the tortuous question of Africa's agriculture? Was WTOMC10 a success for Africa -- or yet another pyrrhic victory?

Join me on 20 January at 14h05 as I interview two experts from civil society who were at the negotiations in Nairobi to demystify and unpack Africa's future in the global trading system.

Call us on the following numbers 
+233(0)289.000.931 // +233(0)289.931.000

Join us if you can between 2pm & 3pm on 20 January, 2016.

Guiding questions:

  • why should Ghanaians be interested -- let alone concerned -- about what happened in Nairobi?
  • What about new issues by the US and EU?
  • How does Africa reconcile CFTA(scheduled for 2017) with Nairobi outcome?
  • The Conference Chair described Nairobi outcome as "historic" in that it will deliver development. What do CSOs think?
  • Does Africa still need the WTO?
  • Is it not time Africa invested totally in the AU's CAADP, & created its own Africa Trade Organisation?

Guests in the studio:
Ø  Sylvester Bagooro, Programme Officer, Third World Network-Africa
Ø  Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah, General Agricultural Workers Union

Follow the conversations on #AfricainFocus on twitter:http://www.twitter.com/africainfocus14. Tweet Emmanuel ahead of time on www.twitter.com/ekbensah, using #africainfocus .

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