WTO Threatens Africa If It Doesn’t Play Nice With International “Trade”

The nebulous, faceless, nameless entity that is the WTO, the World Trade Organization, trotted out one of its bureaucrats recently to issue a warning to Africa, keep your trade borders open.

The bureaucrat of the day was Roberto Azevedo, the current director-general of the WTO.    He made his warnings to Africa during the Commonwealth Business Forum, which was held in London.

Here, by the way, is what the WTO ostensibly is, using its own words:
The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows smoothly, predictably and freely as possible

Azevedo’s statements aren’t just some casual opinion, they’re a real warning to African nations.  Play ball with the global establishment or else face the consequences.  When the WTO issues you a warning, it has teeth behind that warning.  It has power to rule against you in profound ways.

It should be noted one of the few nations that is not either a member or obsever includes Syria.

African countries warned against becoming a ‘fortress’ for trade by WTO

Recent progress made by African nations towards establishing the world’s largest free trade area was backed Monday by the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Roberto Azevedo warned, however, that the continent must remain outward looking.

“The notion of a continental (free trade) area, I think, is something that should be supported by everyone,” he said, speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.

“Certainly at the WTO, we see African integration as a stepping stone towards further integration between Africa and the global economy.”

“But, Azevedo warned that countries should avoid taking the “wrong road.”

He said that discussion needed to include “how to make sure that the integrated processes do not become a fortress,” and instead be used as a “step to open up” rather than shutting off other forms of global trade.

“The integration of Africa is an important point of integration into the world,” he said.

African countries warned against becoming a ‘fortress’ for trade by WTO
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