On the 14 October 2010, CMO/PfC is organising a panel discussion in cooperation with student organisations UMOJA (Faculty of Social Science and Development Studies) and ISMUS (Faculty of Management Science and Policies), both from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
RISC Ngo, together with a group of local associations, has planned a series of conferences, scheduled for October and focused on fair trade, intellectual property rights and biodiversity, bio-fuels export and food security, MDGs and their contradictions
Namibia has called on the European Union (EU) to “take a step backwards from the current excessive demands in the economic partnership agreement (EPA) negotiations to allow Africa the policy space which it requires to advance its development”.
A study claims that the objective of meeting economic growth in the Caribbean region has not been met even after two years of signing the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM). Even at the time of signing the pact was mired in controversy that the Caribbean region would suffer from the influx of superior finished products from the EU bloc.
According to press reports, the vote on both the Fiji and Papua New Guinea interim EPAs (IEPAs) which was due to take place in the European Parliament in June 2010 has been postponed, due to ‘agenda problems’.
The mooted restructuring of the revenue-sharing agreement of the world’s oldest customs union could lead to at least two of its Southern African members collapsing into "failed states" status as well as macroeconomic crises in two of their neighbours in the sub-region.
The discussion on WTO compatibility in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and ACP countries has so far been very narrowly defined, and largely from the perspective of the European Union.
Subsidies for agriculture in the industrialised countries of the world grew again in 2009, benefiting the largest companies and land owners, such as Prince Albert of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth of Britain.
With a growing demand for public support to agriculture in ACP countries to meet the twin challenges of climate change and price volatility within a trend towards rising prices, the issue of the impact of the elimination of tariffs on imports from the EU on public finances in ACP countries is a matter of direct, if not yet immediate, concern to agricultural producers.
Partnership for Change project has two thematic focus connected to the heart of development policies and the struggle against poverty. MDGs and EPAs, central themes of the project, were indeed both created as development policies: the first one, with the aim of committing governments in the South and in the North on punctual development objectives to be reached by 2015, the second one, proposing economic agreements of free trade as an access point to development for many ACP countries.
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