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Vol 1 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2008

The tough trade talks after Hokkaido

Aid and trade are to be discussed as Africa looks to Japan to act on protectionist farming tariffs

Tokyo's careful diplomacy ahead of the Hokkaido G8 summit the 7-9 July now faces its biggest test among African states: how can Japan explain its stance at the next round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. Like its industrialised counterparts in Europe and the Americas, Japan is cautious on ending both protectionist tariffs and lavish subsidies for domestic farmers. African governments argue that these policies by rich governments (at a cost of US$300 billion a year) are undermining African production and investment.

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