|China to support C4 countries on cotton production|
The program, which came one day ahead of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, was jointly announced by the Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and trade ministers or representatives from C4 countries:
Cooperation between the two sides will include technology transfer, technical assistance in researches, provision of seeds, agricultural machinery, fertilizers and pesticides, funding of training projects, as well as exchanges of experience.
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For many western and central African countries, cotton is an important export product that generates incomes worth five to 10 percents of their GDP, supporting the livelihood of millions. Among these countries, C4 alone accounts for roughly 15 percent of the world's cotton exports.
However, as the Chadian Minister of Commerce and Industry Mahat Allhou Taher has pointed out, internationally, huge subsidies on cotton production, most of which come from developed countries, have undermined the competitiveness of African cottons.
"C4 countries have engaged in a battle in WTO to restore competitiveness of African cotton so as to support the population, " Taher said, adding that