Kampala, Uganda - Three years since it was initialed, the future of the trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and East African Community (EAC) remains in balance as the set deadline fast approaches.
The Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Unioin Conference of Ministers of Trade has been held in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, between 29 October – 02 November and has issued the “Kigali Declaration On The Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations”.
SADC’s hope for a conclusion of negotiations on a new economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) before December is fizzling out as new demands from the EU threaten to scupper chances of a new trade pact.
Surinam will have to look for consumer markets outside Europe for the export of its bananas and rice. This according to Trade and Industry minister Michael Miskin. Recently the minister was in Brussels, where he attended a joined ministerial meeting of ACP-EU (African-Caribbean and Pacific-European Union).
Few people in East Africa know about the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) being negotiated between the European Union (EU) on the one hand and the countries of Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). It is primarily a trade agreement, but underlying it is a number of sensitive political and developmental issues. Fifty years after Africa gained its independence from colonial rule, the relationship between it and the former empire is still a hot issue.
The significance of non-traditional barriers to trade has greatly increased in recent years, overtaking even the relevance of tariffs and quotas in trade between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Non-traditional barriers, which typically take the form of regulatory requirements and administrative procedures to determine conformity with these requirements, can be formidable obstacles to ACP access to the European market.
The project Partnership for Change has contributed to the fuelling the debate over the establishment of economic and development policies as well as international cooperation actions, coherent with the Millennium Development Goals and more effective in the fight against poverty.
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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