Academic journal article African Studies Review

Africa and the World Trading System/Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda

Academic journal article African Studies Review

Africa and the World Trading System/Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda

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Ademola Oyejide and William Lyakurwa, eds. Africa and the World Trading System. Volume 1: Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda. Trenton, N.J., and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2005. iii + 395 pp. Tables. Notes. References. Index. $29.95. Paper.

Edited by two African scholars, this volume affords an impressively rigorous treatment of "Africa and the World Trading System." This work is the first of three volumes resulting from a research project on this subject initiated by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). The project's aim is to examine critically the dense latticework of analytic and policy issues that characterize Africa's economic links with the rest of the world-and to do so against the backdrop of the evolving world trading system.

Volume 1 consists of an introductory chapter and ten framework papers (chapters 2-11). Three broad subject areas receive extensive coverage: the post-Uruguay Round market access conditions facing African exports, with a focus on major markets; the implications of Uruguay Round agreements for African countries' development strategies; and the extent of African participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ways of making participation more effective. The third area provides the unifying theme of the book. Indeed, the connective tissue holding this volume together is the imperative for Africa to enhance its capacity in both human and institutional terms, in trade-related negotiations, and in altering national frameworks. This challenge is threaded throughout volume 1 but taken up at greatest length in an expansive chapter written by John F. E. Ohiorhenuan of the United Nations Development Programme.

The strengths of this volume lie in its rare marriage of scholarly depth and comprehensive policy analysis. This is no doubt a reflection of the academic-practitioner backgrounds of the editors. Oyejide is a professor of economics at the University of Ibadan and a member of the WTO advisory panel. Lyakurwa is executive director of the AERC and a trade adviser to Uganda, Tanzania, and the International Trade Centre based in Geneva.

The analyses put forward in each chapter can be characterized by their depth and their grounding in carefully constructed empirical studies. …

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