Written by: Rhoda Ansah
New Publication: Africa Resists The Protectionist Temptation – 5th GTA Report: A Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Edited by Simon J. Evenett.
The book’s editor – Simon Evenett, an economics professor at St Gallen University in Switzerland and a founder of the GTA, in a statement prior to the recent G20 meeting in Seoul emphasized the threat of increasing protectionism, caused in part by tension over exchange rates and the need for better leadership by the G20 group of countries to stem this tide.
Remarkably, Africa has not resorted to protectionism on the scale of industrialized countries and some of their developing country peers during the crisis. This report contains papers by four researchers from ACET on the likely reforms in the United States and the European Union trade preferences regimes and their implications for sub-Saharan Africa.
The papers listed below make important contributions to promote better understanding about the impact of protectionist western trade policies towards Sub-Saharan Africa. They also advocate for greater coherence between trade and development policy, so that governments do not give with one hand (aid and other support) and take with the other (protectionism).