An Assessment of the Likely Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s Bali Package for Africa

"The Bali Package is the first substantive breakthrough for the WTO since the DDA began in 2001 and it consists of issues on agriculture, trade facilitation, cotton and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The most significant part of the Bali Package is the decision on trade facilitation and agriculture. The trade facilitation agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. The objective of this paper is to give a brief of the Bali Package’s trade facilitation and agriculture agreements, assess their likely implications to Africa as well as proffer recommendations as the negotiations for the remaining DDA issues begins."