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"Civil society groups have long pressed the IFC to adopt a contract disclosure requirement for all of its extractive projects to ensure good governance. According to Lindlyn Tamufor from Third World Network-Africa, "not only do contracts determine government revenues, they can also have important implications for communities, the environment, and human rights." Stabilisation clauses in contracts, which exempt investors from compliance with changes to domestic law are prevalent in extractives contracts. The UN and civil society groups have criticised these clauses for undermining the ability of countries to apply international human rights standards"



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The Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) convened a meeting of experts focusing on enhancing Africa’s participation in the WTO, from the September 7-8, 2009.


The meeting considered the status of the WTO from agriculture, non-agriculture market access, trade facilitation among others. The meeting also discussed Africa’s positions in the current negotiations.


In agriculture, the key issues of negotiations still include the Special Safeguard Mechanisms (SSM), Special Products and also tariff capping and designation of sensitive products. The overall trade distorting support is also another grey area as well as export competition issues export credit, export credit guarantee and the cotton subsidies.


The outcomes of the Delhi mini-ministerial outlined agriculture negotiations in a two tracks process. Firstly, the technical discussion on outstanding issues such as Special Safe Mechanism, sensitive products and secondly on the templates for WTO member’s schedules of commitment which includes the data needed to undertake this exercise.



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1-3 October: The Africa Trade Network(ATN) will hold a continent-wide civil society meeting on the WTO from 1st-3rd October 2009. The meeting will contribute to strengthening Africa civil society’s activities around the Ministerial Conference of WTO planned for November-December 2009. (

8 October: National Campaign Forum on October 8th, 2009 at Akoti in the Sefwi Wiawso District of Western Region. Concern Citizens of Sefwi are the hosting organisation. Facilitated by the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM)

14-16 October:  The Third World Network Africa (TWN Africa) will hold a Dialogue on the Gender Dimensions, Impacts And Implications of the Global Financial and Economic Crises in Africa from the 14 – 16 October 2009, in Accra Ghana.


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Weekly Africa Update#14-15
--Week of 14-18 September, 2009


African Union:

·         Speaking during a special session of the Africa Partnership Forum (APF) on Africa and climate change at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister...

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