The African approach to the second UNCTAD conference
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The relevance of the UNCTAD to African trade problems has been examined in an earlier paper. This document made it clear that African trade problems had to be seen in the context of economic growth. It comprised an account of the trade problems of developing countries in general an examination of the principles and historical experience of commodity agreements a critical study of proposals for compensatory financing an examination of the export prospects of a number of primary commodities of particular interest to Africa; a statistical description of African primary exports| an introduction to the problems of manufactured exports from Africa an account of African attitudes to trade problems and a short description of the activities of the UXCTAD after the first UNCTAD Conference. The paper concluded that the U1JCTAD was clearly of relevance to African trade problems, argued that African countries should strongly support the UNCTAD in a spirit of sympathetic criticism, and suggested that a definitive statement of African trade and growth problems required further study by the African countries and the ECA.