Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104767
Authors: 
Niggli, Nicholas C.
Osei-Lah, Kodjo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2014-20
Abstract: 
Two issues stand out in this conversation. The first concerns the unfinished business of the global fight against the scourge of poverty, which impacts one region more than most: Africa. At the same time, a key pre-requisite for economic performance - affordable and efficient public infrastructure and services - remains lacking in this region - notably, in Sub-Saharan Africa. To address this, the region itself has initiated a major, long-term, continent-wide infrastructure development programme which is intended to fix this problem sustainably - namely, the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Its success foreshadows an economic transformation that will potentially usher in an emergent Africa in the 21st century. Secondly, in one area of economic activity - trade in government procurement markets - the revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) is emerging as a multi-dimensional tool of trade, governance and development. The thesis of this paper is that GPA participation by African countries - a prospect which, to date, they have declined to take up - holds strong potential to reinforce the positive effects of PIDA and to contribute to the region's growth and development more generally. [...]
Subjects: 
Africa
Agreement on Government Procurement
Aid
Corruption
Development
Developing Countries
Economic Integration
Foreign Investment
Foreign Trade
GDP
Governance
Government Procurement
GPA
Infrastructure
Integration
International Trade
International Trade Organizations
LDCs
Liberalization
Openness
Procurement
Public Goods
Public-Private Partnerships
Public Procurement
Regional Integration
Strategic Trade
Trade
Trade Agreements
Trade Policy
WTO
JEL: 
F13
F14
F15
F63
H44
H54
H57
O19
O24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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