DDG Wolff: Africa is a priority for the WTO

Speaking at a meeting of the Informal Working Party on the Accession of Sudan on 17 March, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said Africa’s voice is increasingly prominent in the WTO. He stressed that the continent accounts for a substantial number of countries seeking to integrate into the global economy through trade, and the WTO stands ready to assist in advancing accessions through technical support and policy advice. Sudan is at “an historic crossroads”, with the prospect of moving away from internal strife and external conflict toward economic growth and political stability. His remarks are below.