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Why Is Africa Married to the IMF?
By Deji Odetoyinbo. 30 December, 1994.
Foreign Investment & Sovereignty
By Ahmed Diwan. January, 1995.
A Dialog on Economics
carried on by Thami Medinane, Glen Adler, and William Freund. 27 February, 1995.
La zone franc
By Ali Bouchniba. 12 April, 1995.
CAFA, World Bank and ASA
By Chris Lowe, 11 May 1995. The Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa in their Spring 1995 Newsletter are circulating a petition to try to stop the World Bank from participating in African Studies Association meetings.
Who Gains and Loses from Globalisation of the Economy
By Wagaki Mwangi. Econews Africa, December, 1995.
South Africa's Mbeki Urges African Leaders to Get Wise to Economics
By Susan Linnee, Reuters, 13 July 1999. "Mere moral appeals from the have-nots to the haves are not likely to take us very far," said the former South African businessman.
Africa must embrace globalisation - Mbeki
By Stephen Laufer, Business Day (Johannesburg), 14 July 1999. At the OAU summit on globalization, President Thabo Mbeki argues that Africa had little choice but to embrace globalisation, but it should do so in pursuit of an ethical economy capable of creating equity, security and sustainable development.


World Bank Board Rejects Paper On Poorests' Debt Burden
By Pratap Chatterjee, Inter Press Service Harare. 14 April, 1995.
The Lusaka Declaration and Areas of Action
19-21 May 1999. Outcome of the conference attended by delegates from debt and jubilee 2000 structures from southern, east and west African countries.
Declaration and Resolutions of the African Delegation at the International Meeting "The dictatorship of Financial Markets? Another world is possible"
By ATTAC in partnership with CADTM/COCAD (Committee for the Cancellation of Third World debt), DAWN (Development of alternatives for Women in a New Era), the World Forum of alternatives, CC AMI/MAI (Coordination of Committees against MAI's clones). Organized in Paris 24-25-26 June 1999.
Egyptian Writer Slams Donors
By Lewis Machipisa, IPS, 4 August 1999. Egyptian writer and political activist, Nawal El Saadawi, criticizes the Zimbabwe aid package set by the IMF in Harare.
Botswana Wants New Approach Toward Africa's Debt
From Panafrican News Agency, 30 August 1999. President Festus Mogae calls for a new approach toward debt alleviation in Africa, saying previous attempts to solve the problem were "too little too late."

External trading relations

Oppose the Crane sub-Saharan Africa Bill!
A petition of 3 March 1998. The undersigned NGOs support democracy-building and sustainable social and economic development in Africa, and so they strongly oppose the Crane Africa bill.
The Case Against the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act [H.R. 1432]
From the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, 8 March 1998. The new Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) does not represent a step forward in US-African relations, and many Africans agree.
Trying Not to Be Caught Napping in Trade
From IPS, 13 April 1998. In Harare, African trade ministers and experts of the OAU and African Economic Community (AEC) have their first meeting in preparation for the WTO summit in Seattle, at which they say that they must be prepared to play an active part in designing the agenda of trade negotiations affecting Africa and shaping their results.
Opening Up Africa For US Capital
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, 17 February 1999. Africa's "friends" in Congress are preparing to again introduce a "NAFTA-for-Africa" bill. The basic structure of the Africa trade bill is to condition existing and potentially some minor new aid and trade benefits on African countries' opening their economies to foreign investment and adopting the recessionary "structural adjustment" policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
African nations against new issues in WTO
By Martin Khor, Third World Network Features. 15 May 1999. A new round of negotiations at the World Trade Organisation would entail an "unsustainable burden" on developing countries, and if there is such a round it should not include new issues. So concluded a workshop in Kampala, with the participation of over 40 senior trade policy officials from 21 Eastern and Southern African countries.
Africa Growth and Opportunity Act Passes House
Efforts to Oppose Economic Conditionality Defeated; Opponents Focus on Senate. Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Briefing Paper, 19 July 1999. The AGOA law would link new trade preferences for Africa to structural adjustment reforms and IMF style conditionalities.
Civil Society Rejects Attempts To Expand WTO Powers
By Lewis Machipisa, IPS, 9 September 1999. A group of civil society rejects attempts to expand the powers of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and calls for a review of the existing agreements and an assessment of the world trade body.