It is high time African countries embarked on special safeguard measures (SSMs) to protect the continent’s agriculture sector, François Kanimba, the Minister for Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs, said Monday.
Put in place by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that regulates international trade, the SSM is a protection measure allowed for developing countries to take contingency restrictions against agricultural imports that hurt domestic farmers.
Kanimba made the call at the opening of a week-long regional advanced trade negotiation simulation skills course for 32 English speaking African countries, in Kigali, at which participants discuss the impact of mega-regional deals on WTO processes. Read more. Source | New Times