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Proposals on the role of trade within the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) - Challenges and questions

Dot Keet*

Presentation at workshop of African trade unions organised by the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI)1

22-23 May 2003, in Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted with permission from NALEDI
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An examination of the trade dimensions within NEPAD, and their direct and indirect implications, has to be undertaken at three levels - trade-related proposals in other spheres, specific proposals on trade, and perceptions and proposals on Africa's approach to and location within the global trade system. These all pose a number of significant challenges and questions for trade unions in Africa.

Table of contents:

A. Trade-related dimensions of NEPAD
B. Specific trade dimensions within NEPAD
C. Locating Africa within the 'Multilateral Trade System' and engaging with the WTO
D. Some challenges and questions

    * DOT KEET carried out research and teaching on African political economy in a number of universities in Southern Africa during the 1960s and 1970s; and was deeply engaged in the liberation struggles and post-independence reconstruction and transformation processes in Angola and Mozambique during the 1970s and 1980s. On her return to South Africa in the early 1990s, she was a researcher and writer for the SA Labour Bulletin and the Macro-Economic Research Group (MERG). She worked closely with the Southern African Trade Union Co-ordinating Council (SATUCC) throughout the 1990s, while holding the position of Senior Researcher in the Center for Southern African Studies and Lecturer in the School of Government of the University of the Western Cape. She is now a Research Associate of the Alternative Information and Development Center in Cape Town.
  1. Extracted from a fuller analysis in "NEPAD and the AU - Integration within Africa? Or Integration of Africa into the Global Economy?", AIDC, Cape Town, October 2002.

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