EUROPEAN Union trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy has sought to counteract criticism that the EU is failing to sufficiently help small cotton producers in Africa. In a public statement, he has highlighted the ongoing liberalisation of import quotas, notably the duty free access for cotton from the ACP (Africa, Carabbean and Pacific) countries that have close links with Brussels. "The EU is the destination for 25 per cent to 50 per cent of the exports of cotton from Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and other ACP countries," he said.

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