Whether in terms of its traditional exports of raw materials or the diversified exports base required for the success of its emerging development strategy, market access is crucial to African countries. The central purpose of the WTO agreement is to bring about global trade liberalization and expansion of world trade in goods and services through improvement in access to markets by the reduction and elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers. The three pillars of market access negotiations in the WTO are:
Given the centrality of market access, these form the core of our research programme. The programme also focuses on
Our research focuses on the interplay between non-reciprocal trade preferences particularly, special and differential treatment for developing countries and a variety of contexts including the integration of developing countries in world trade.