In a climate where governments are limited in what they can spend, trade and investment offer a path to fiscally responsible growth.
Women are the most underutilized 'resource' in the world economy.
I have seen African countries negotiate bilaterally and within the WTO. African countries come to the WTO prepared and defend their interests with vigour.
African pressure has led the E.U. to rethink part of its agricultural subsidy programme.
The big part of coffee production in many rural areas is in the hands of women. It's women who work in the fields. They harvest the coffee. They wash the coffee. They take the coffee to the market. But when the coffee gets to the market, it's the man who cashes in the money for the crop.
Inward-looking unilateral trade policies invite retaliation.