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Economic Community Of West African States


Nigeria to lose $1.3trn on EPA agreement
Stakeholders have warned the Federal Government against signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and European Union (EU), noting that Nigeria risks loosing about $1.3 trillion revenue if it signs the agreement.
Abuja to host conference on economic partnership between ECOWAS, EU
An international conference designed to take a critical appraisal of the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement between Economic Community of West African States and the European Union will take place in Abuja between July 28 and 29 2015.
ECOWAS ministers dialogue on EPAs, common external tariff in Accra
The 74th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers for sub-regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), opened here on Friday to discuss among other things the memorandum relating the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) .
ECOWAS urged to strengthen efforts to economic integration
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Hannah Tetteh, has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to strengthen its efforts to promote regional economic integration and harmonise trade policies.
Experts concerned about impact of Economic Partnership Agreement on Ghana’s economy
The President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it was not right for Ghana to have signed the agreement.
Gambia: Stakeholders discuss impact of EPA
The Gambia, one of 5 West African countries which have not yet signed the EU EPA, is sensitising people about the consequences.
Nants carpets Ecowas for signing EPA
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (Nants), on behalf of civil society groups and private sector organisations in the sub-region, has blasted leaders of the Economic Community for West African States for secretly signing the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU.
West Africa farmers against EU economics, international competition
Farmers in West Africa fear being overwhelmed by industrial and agrarian products from EU countries under the ECOWAS-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.
AGI divided over EPAs
Members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) are divided over whether the government should join other West African states to sign onto the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Ukraine wishes to form free trade zones with Canada, Turkey, Israel, West Africa
The government of Ukraine intends to launch free trade negotiations with Canada, Turkey, Israel, the Gulf States, West Africa and some other countries, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
EPA will not benefit Ghana – Adwoa Safo
Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has warned that Ghana risks losing its manufacturing sector if it goes ahead to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Guide to the world’s biggest free trade deal – the economic partnership agreements between the EU and Africa
ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa.
West Africa: New pact aims to expand trade between US, West Africa
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United States have signed a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA), usually a precursor to a US FTA.
TUC condemns “inimical” EPA; prays Parliament rejects it
The Trades Union Congress is indicating to the Parliament of Ghana not to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement reached between ECOWAS and European Union.
EJN condemns EPA
The Economic Justice Network of Ghana unequivocally condemns the decision of the West African leaders to approve the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
ECOWAS leaders approve Economic Partnership Agreement with EU
The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government have approved the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU.
West Africa and Europe trade: Who will benefit more?
ECOWAS leaders agreed in principle to the trade agreement but put it off until concerns raised by the regional heavyweight, Nigeria, were addressed before a final decision can be taken. Analysis from TWN Africa’s Sylvester Bagooro.
Nigerian lawmakers consider EU’s economic partnership proposal
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has invited the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to brief it on details of the EU’s proposed Economic Partnership Agreement and present the worst case scenario should Nigeria refuse to sign it.
Revise EPA before signing – Trade minister
Ghanian stakeholders at a public forum on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have called for urgent steps to revise aspects of the agreement before it is signed.