At present, I’m on the road (‘in the air’?) to Nairobi for a ‘Business For Development’ conference sponsored by the UNCTAD-WTO International Trade Center. I’ll be disucssing market access negotiations on non-agricultural products with a group of senior African officials and business leaders. Indications from a preliminary email-conference are that many African business organizations don’t believe that further trade liberalization is part of the solution to Africa’s growth woes. But I do. I’ve found in the past that business leaders in Africa enjoy a fairly robust debate, so this should be interesting. A report in a day or so, I hope.
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher