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agro-processing for East Africa


Our events in East Africa and in Geneva bring together stakeholders from the government, private sector, local communities, civil society, academia, and media who share knowledge and expertise. They tie stronger relationships not only among themselves but also with their trade and climate negotiators whom they regularly update about the ground realities.

Trade concerns are increasingly discussed within the UNFCCC where for instance, Article 3.5 of the UNFCCC states that climate change measures should not pose a restriction on international trade. While the recent Paris Climate Conference did not explicitly address trade policy measures, the resulting agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) may have several implications on trade that cannot be overlooked. Similarly, WTO negotiations on climate change revolve around eliminating trade barriers in eco-friendly goods and services. At this meeting, climate and trade negotiators met in Kampala, Uganda, in an effort to better coordinate their positions in these two fora.
The cotton, textile and apparel (CTA) sector has been prioritised in East Africa for its promising development potential. Yet, only 15% of the cotton produced is processed within the region and the rest is exported to other developing and developed countries for processing into textile and apparels. At this meeting, East African negotiators to the WTO reflected on the trade challenges faced by CTA value chains in their region, based on updates from stakeholders on the ground.
Contemporary debates suggest the need for integrating economies in global value chains (GVCs) as an effective means for harnessing development through trade. However, Africa, more so sub-Saharan African countries remain trapped at the lower end of GVCs contributing raw materials and basic value addition. Then, how to catapult the region into higher end value chains? At this meeting, East African negotiators to the WTO considered this question with the help of feedback provided by their stakeholders on the ground.
After two weeks of intense negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed on a Paris Climate Agreement through which they have committed to cut their carbon emissions and shift towards a low-carbon economy. Going forward, East African Climate Negotiators to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were updated at this meeting about what people on the ground think about the agreement, and discuss the upcoming deadlines for this year and beyond.
WTO members are currently trying to figure out the possible nature and scope of the “new issues” pushed by some for being introduced in multilateral trade negotiations. At this meeting, East African delegates to the WTO were updated on their stakeholders' perspectives and exchanged views regarding the possible introduction of Competition Policy on the WTO agenda, which is sometimes mentionned as a possible "new issue". Discussions highlighted that, given its nascent stage in the EAC, it is too early to be introduced in WTO negotiations. Rather, stakeholders recommended that efforts first focus on strengthening it nationally and harmonising it regionally,…
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