The African Union asks for renewed
The statement, being circulated at the request of the Delegation of Benin, expresses the importance of a restructured international trading system for developing nations.
"For millions of our citizens, the Doha Development Agenda represents the hope of improving their living standards and freeing themselves from absolute poverty."
However, the statement goes on to say, developed nations in the WTO have not lived up to what the African Union calls "a duty, a responsibility, and a moral obligation not to disappoint the African countries and their belief in the multilateral trading system." Developed nations' inflexibility on certain issues during trade negotiations are harming
The statement says that "Agriculture is at the heart of the Doha Development Agenda," pointing out that most Africans depend on agriculture for survival, especially the very poor. This means that agricultural market access barriers harm poor populations the most, the statement says.