Comments after the INTA Committee’s debate on Ghana’s interim EPA

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SOL | 17 October 2016

Comments after the INTA Committee’s debate on Ghana’s interim EPA

by Jacques Berthelot ([email protected])

On October 13, 2016 the INTA Committee of the European Parliament debated Ghana’s interim EPA (iEPA), with the participation of Ms Hannah Tetteh, Ghana’s Minister of foreign affairs. The following comments will focus mainly on her intervention, including the responses given to the intervening Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

The main unresolved issue is that, while the Minister and Ms Sandra Gallina of DG Trade acknowledged that the iEPA is outdated and far from being totally satisfactory, including because some of its provisions are contradictory which those of the regional EPA, of which in the tariff liberalization schedules, nevertheless both of them insisted that these contradictory provisions will not have the time to materialize because they are convinced that the regional EPA would soon be signed by Nigeria and the Gambia (forgetting to speak of Mauritania, as if the regional EPA was concerning only ECOWAS) and implemented, superseding the iEPA.

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