Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the crucial World Trade Organization (WTO) talks get underway in Cancun, Mexico, Consumers International has found a novel way of presenting its demands to delegates through a shopping list for the world's six billion consumers.
According to a press release issued by Consumers International Regional Office for Africa (CI-ROAF) in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, the list for "Supermercado Cancun" contains only seven items.
But it emphasises that "delivery on those items will mean a huge improvement in the lives of hundreds of millions of the world's poorest people and lower prices and better services for consumers everywhere.
" CI-ROAF names the items as: - Delivery of promises made at the last WTO Meeting -- the so- called Doha Development Agenda -- without the requirement to negotiate the 'new issues' - Market access for poor farmers -- and ending export subsidies and dumping of subsidised crops by rich countries - Food security for all - Informed choices for consumers - Access to essential medicines for all - Accessible, affordable and regulated services - More choice, no price fixing and better value for all consumers.
The key demands, the release says, are listed in CI's 'Consumer Charter for Trade', and backed up by a policy document outlining recommendations based on research by CI Consumers in the Global Market programme.
Amadou Kanoute, regional director of Consumers International Africa Office says, "Cancun represents an important opportunity to ensure that the quality of life of consumers in Africa is improved.
Negotiators need to put consumer concerns and development needs at the centre of their Agenda for Cancun.
" Consumers International (CI) is represented at the Cancun meeting by a 40-member delegation of consumer leaders led by Jill Johnstone, head of Policy at the UK's National Consumer Council (NCC).