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Partnership with a purpose: EU-Africa relations in 2021
The African Union sees the ‘partnership’ process, likely to culminate in a summit in Portugal in May or June, as an opportunity to overhaul the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) .
Ghana-UK reach consensus on new trade agreement
The agreement provides duty free and quota free access for Ghana and the same preferential tariff reductions for British exporters as provided by the arrangement that is currently in force.
UK and Cameroon secure economic partnership agreement
The United Kingdom and Cameroon have today secured an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that ensures mutual continuity of trade.
Commission reports on negotiating round with five Eastern and Southern African countries
The third round of negotiations was held virtually from 24 to 27 November 2020. The next round is foreseen for April 2021.
Post-Cotonou: Negotiators reach a political deal on a new EU/Africa-Caribbean-Pacific partnership agreement
The chief negotiators from the EU and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) reached a political deal on the text for a new partnership agreement that will succeed the Cotonou Agreement.
EPAs, the height of the European Commission’s foolishness in perpetuating the colonisation of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by shooting itself in the foot
The imposition of Economic Partnership Agreements to ACP countries, where 94% of the population is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, is based on a series of 12 lies.
Namibia ratifies new Economic Partnership Agreement
Namibia ratified the SACU-Mozambique and United Kingdom Economic Partnership Agreement (SACUM - UK EPA) in the National Assembly on 20 October 2020.
Tensions simmer over EU-Africa trade relations
Trade relations are likely to be at the heart of the delayed EU-Africa ‘strategic partnership’, but only if long-standing tensions can be resolved.
Trade agreements as door-openers
Bilateral trade agreements often act as door-openers for the manufactured products of multinational food companies. Milk powder with vegetable fat is an example.
EPA: Cameroon set on suspending tariff dismantling till the end of 2020 despite the EU’s protests
Despite the European Union’s (EU) protests, Cameroon will maintain the suspension of tariff dismantling planned by the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that binds it to EU countries.
Kenya, UK agree terms of post-Brexit trade pact
Kenya, UK have concluded an economic partnership agreement under the stalled EU-EAC EPA’s text which Kenya ratified in October 2016.
Labour urges UK trade secretary to end delays over Kenya and Ghana deals
Liz Truss urged to sign off deals quickly to spare African states high tariffs once Brexit transition period ends.
Bad times for ECOWAS
Côte d’Ivoire has hastily signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the UK, which is modelled on the interim EPA the country signed with the European Union.
The United Kingdom - Côte d’Ivoire sign economic partnership agreement
The United Kingdom and Côte d’Ivoire signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Thursday, maintaining existing trade arrangements.
Zimbabwe ratifies EPA with UK
Zimbabwe has ratified an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the United Kingdom in a deal expected to promote reciprocal trade concessions between Harare and London.
The UK-SACUM economic partnership agreement
In the SACUM-UK EPA, commitments on tariffs for both the UK and SACUM have been transitioned from the SADC-EU EPA without changes.
5th Angola-EU ministerial meeting - Joint way forward
The terms of Angola’s accession to the EU-SADC EPA are aimed to be finalised by 2021. Both sides confirmed their intention to start exploratory discussions on an EU-Angola investment agreement.
Post-Cotonou deal edges closer to the finish line
The long-delayed successor to the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) community appears to be approaching the finish line with a ‘99%’ chance of success this year, according to both sides.
EU, African countries advance negotiations on economic partnership
The second negotiating round for the deepening of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement was held virtually, from 6-8 July 2020.
Kenya races to safeguard EU market with post-Brexit pact
Kenya has initiated talks with the European Union and the United Kingdom on a post-Brexit trade agreement as the country moves to safeguard its horticultural produce market.