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Economic Community Of West African States


Ghana’s Parliament ratifies EPA with EU
Ghana’s parliament has ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement between government and the European Union amidst divided opinions
Will an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU make Nigeria any better?
Any attempt to encourage cheap EU imports will not only retard local production, it may also be counter-productive to the country’s industrialisation plans.
Thousands of industrial jobs for the chop if Ghana signs EPA
The agreement enjoins member states to open up 70 percent of their markets to European goods over a period, prompting fears nascent companies may collapse since most European goods are of high quality and a lot cheaper than local goods.
EU woos Nigeria with N1.4tn EPA offer
The European Union has asked Nigeria to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement with attractive offers including a €6.5bn (about N1.4tn) Development Programme.
The West Africa-EU Economic Partnership Agreement is absurd
This is a way of thinking as absurd as that consisting for a poultry producer to open the henhouse gate to allow the fox to test the poultry resistance capacity.
The EPA would liberalize the majority of EU agricultural exports to West Africa
This document is limited to assessing the importance of the liberalization of agricultural imports in the EU-West Africa (WA) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) given the crucial nature of these products for WA.
Perpetuating the interim EPAs of Ivory Coast and Ghana would be meaningless
There is a rumour that, if Nigeria’s stance not to sign the regional EPA is definitive so that the EPA would be buried, DG trade is contemplating to perpetuate the interim EPAs of Ivory Coast and Ghana provided they would formally sign them.
Four impact studies of the West Africa EPA that the EU Commission does not want you to see
bilaterals.org has received four impact studies concerning the EU-West Africa EPA and requested Jacques Berthelot to provide a comment on them.
EU African EPAs in limbo
The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies.
Don’t endorse ECOWAS-EU economic partnership agreement , MAN tells FG
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has admonished the federal government to withhold its endorsement of the ECOWAS-EU economic partnership agreement.
The European Union–West Africa economic partnership agreement
The benefits of the EPA between the EU and WA’s countries appear small, if not negative for West African countries.
West Africa and EU prepare towards EPA implementation
West Africa and the European Union continue to prepare for the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement — pending its signature by all member states — by putting together the necessary texts for the institutional bodies and instruments envisaged under the EPA, in order that it becomes operational immediately upon entering into force.
President Buhari calls for mutually-beneficial economic relations with Europe
Considering the mismatch of the two regions (Europe-ECOWAS) the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Associated Trade Unions raised concerns over the negative impact of the agreement on Nigeria’s industrialisation programme.
Reps to vet EPA with EU… lament textile industry collapse
House of Representatives call for caution in the implementation of the EPA between EU and Nigeria.
EPA deal: Why manufacturers are kicking
The EU is promoting the deal to boost its trade and expand its investment in the country. But, manufacturers are opposed to the deal’s endorsement.
‘Nigeria’s problem with ECOWAS, EU deal self-inflicted’
The noise over perceived negative effects of the EPA between the European Union and ECOWAS on the Nigerian economy particularly the manufacturing sector is self-inflicted because Nigeria failed to do what it ought to do during the negotiations
EU-ECOWAS EPA: annex C on customs duties on products originating in the European Union (Oct 2015)
As released by the European Commission
EU-ECOWAS EPA: consolidated text (Oct 2015)
As released by the European Commission
The implications of CET for Nigerian products
Common External Tariff (CET) has remained an issue of strong discourse and controversy in West Africa for many years, particularly since the inception of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.