On the road again

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.

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