G8 Kananaskis Africa Action Plan

Sectors : International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade
Organisation : G8
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“III. Fostering Trade, Investment, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development...

...we commit to...

...3.3 Providing greater market access for African products – including by:
• Reaffirming our commitment to conclude negotiations no later than 1 January 2005 on further trade liberalization in the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations taking full account of the particular circumstances, needs and requirements of developing countries, including in Africa;

• Without prejudging the outcome of the negotiations, applying our Doha commitment to comprehensive negotiations on agriculture aimed at substantial improvements in market access, reductions of all forms of export subsidies with a view to their being phased out, and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support;

• Working toward the objective of duty-free and quota-free access for all products originating from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including African LDCs, and, to this end, each examining how to facilitate the fuller and more effective use of existing market access arrangements; and,

• Ensuring that national product standards do not unnecessarily restrict African exports and that African nations can play their full part in the relevant international standard setting systems.

3.4 Increasing the funding and improving the quality of support for trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building in Africa – including by:
• Supporting the establishment and expansion of trade-related technical assistance programmes in Africa;

• Supporting the establishment of sub-regional market and trade information offices to support trade-related technical assistance and capacity-building in Africa;

• Assisting regional organizations in their efforts to integrate trade policy into member country development plans;

• Working to increase African participation in identifying WTO-related technical assistance needs, and providing technical assistance to African countries to implement international agreements, such as the WTO agreement;

• Assisting African producers in meeting product and health standards in export markets; and,

• Providing technical assistance to help African countries engage in international negotiations, and in standard-setting systems.”