African National Congress Member of Parliament (MP), Sisa Njikelana, has urged civil society to call on African parliaments to account on international trade negotiations as MPs have in the past not been "robust" enough in ensuring that such talks deliver on developmental priorities.
Speaking at a discussion forum organised by the Africa Trade Network and the Trade Strategy Group, Njikelana admitted that MPs have been rumbling and mumbling about always getting the cake already baked when it comes to trade agreements. He says this means they [MPs] only become aware of the content of trade agreements when they have been finalised.
He also suggested that MPs need CSO's support in order to drive pro-poor trade and development policies.
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