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South Africa and African countries generally have not taken to using the DSU to enforce their rights in the WTO. The constraints faced by African countries include human resource and financial constraints, which often lead to an inability to defend their interests, and a fear of backlash from the world's larger trading powers, including advanced developing countries. These constraints are particularly notable in the multilateral trading system, which is becoming more complex. In view of this, no African country has ever requested consultations against another WTO Member. This includes South Africa.
Written by Hilton E. Zunckel and Lambert Botha
South African Foreign Policy Initiative
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