So, US president Donald Trump has signed off on steel and aluminum import tariff that will likely trigger trade war with other economic powers.

And as an adage has it, when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

That is the point that the United Nations is trying to make in a reaction to Trump’s tariff.

The UN believes that Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will take a toll on poorer countries and could trigger takeovers in their mining industries.

The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kituyi, made this known in an interview with Reuters in Geneva.

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“They are casualties of the process, but there is very little they can do right now, because developing countries, transition economies, least developed countries are incapable of retaliatory action against the U.S,” Kituyi said.

Kituyi said the announcement would trigger “vulnerabilities and anxieties.”

He said, although the immediate economic impact was small, a trade war triggered by the U.S. tariffs and likely retaliation by other countries would undermine the global trading system and threaten a fragile recovery in commerce.

“Of course, in the developing world there is a multiplier effect as well.

“The ripple effect is that countries, producers of bauxite or iron ore, will have downward pressures on the value of their commodity,” Kituyi said.

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