In this interview, we discuss the PACER+ trade deal, the post Cotonou talks with the EU and the influence of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific region.
The African Union Commission’s high representative on Cotonou has warned that keeping the ACP framework will make it harder for the EU to agree on a ‘continent-to-continent instrument’.
Negotiators from the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries met at the United Nations to determine the future of the ACP-EU partnership.
Barbados is looking to enter into a double taxation agreement and a bilateral investment treaty with Kenya.
Progress has been painfully slow on a pact between the EU and the 79 countries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) community, and few officials now believe the successor deal will be concluded in time to come into force in January 2020.
Despite the failures of the EPA to deliver real development to Pacific countries it looks as though the European Union will once again, through the Post Cotonou Agreement, push for enhanced and undistorted access for European investments to Pacific resources.
This new phase of the negotiations will ultimately lead to the creation of tailor-made pillars with each region, which are among the novelties to be introduced in the future ACP-EU Agreement.
PNG to call on EU for a review of the current interim Economic Partnership Agreement. PNG is ready to look into new investments, new industry developments, new commercial services, infrastructure for trade and increase volume of trade in goods.
The African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) – European Union (EU) high level political dialogue on the post- Cotonou agreement is underway at the Taumeasina Island resort, Samoa.
Negotiators are hoping to break the back on talks for the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in May 2020, between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
The United Kingdom says it will honour the current Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with PNG and other ACP member states that have existing preferential trade relations with the European Union, after Brexit.
The African Union wants to have a continent-to-continent dialogue with Europe, a change that could make the framework of the Cotonou Agreement implode and leave the Pacific and Caribbean states out in the cold.
Samoa and Papua New Guinea will represent the Pacific at the Ministerial level central negotiating for the post-Cotonou agreement.
La Commission européenne a reçu l’autorisation et les directives du Conseil de l’UE afin de lancer des négociations sur un nouvel accord de partenariat avec les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique
As released by the European Council
The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific negotiating mandate for the Post-Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the European Union was unanimously adopted at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers
As released by the ACP Secretariat
En l’absence d’un consensus entre les Etats membres de l’Union européenne sur la place de l’immigration dans le futur Accord de partenariat économique avec les pays Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique, le début des négociations prévu le 1er juin, pourrait être repoussé.
The agreement should include strong provisions to promote the finalisation and implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
Governments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries should use lessons from the Economic Partnership Agreement for the post-Cotonou possible framework, advises Third World Network.