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Trade agreements: How African states are resisting pressure from the North but not managing to assert their priorities
African countries are regularly offered Free Trade Agreements by the world’s major economic powers. The balance of power is so unequal that they seem forever condemned to be the big losers.
NGO wants EU-Kenya trade partnership annulled
A Kampala-based NGO has gone to the East African Court of Justice seeking orders to block Kenya and the EAC Secretary-General from implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement Nairobi signed with the European Union.
EU approves economic partnership deal with Kenya
Agreement set to strengthen cooperation with Kenya — recognized as economic hub of East Africa — benefiting workers, businesses, traders on both sides.
EU, Kenya trade deal gets parliament nod
The National Assembly has approved the Kenya-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a trade, deal that guarantees traders access to the €13 trillion European market on duty-free (no taxes) and quota-free (unlimited exports) terms.
Commission reports on thirteenth negotiation round with five Eastern and Southern African countries to deepen existing EPA
The European Commission has published a report summarising progress made during the latest negotiation round to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement with five Eastern and Southern African partners.
All eyes on Kenya, EAC after European parliament backs free trade pact
Lawmakers at the European Parliament this week voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new bilateral deal that will boost trade between Kenya and the EU bloc.
MEPs green light bolstering trade ties with Kenya
MEPs voted by 366 in favour, 86 against and 56 abstentions to give their consent to the EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Guyana seeks clarity from EU before signing Samoa Agreement
While the Samoa Agreement comes into force at the start of 2024, Guyana has not yet signed on.
"We call upon Members of European Parliament to vote against the EU-Kenya EPA"
In an open letter signed by over thirty organisations from Kenya and the EU, civil society groups call on MEPs to vote against the agreement.
EU and Kenya sign ’historic’ partnership to boost investment, trade
Kenya and the European Union on Monday signed a long-negotiated trade agreement to increase the flow of goods between the two markets, as Brussels pursues stronger economic ties with Africa.
Jamaica signs Samoa Agreement
The Jamaican Government signed the Samoa Agreement at the headquarters of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in Brussels, Belgium.
ACP-EU cooperation: the new Samoa agreement finally signed
The new agreement will be signed on November 15 and will constitute the framework for relations between the EU and 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Free trade and debt: the two sides of neocolonialism
Highlights from the workshop organised in Marrakesh by Attac Maroc, bilaterals.org, CADTM Africa, GRAIN and the Tunisian Observatory of Economy.
Jamaica to delay signing Samoa Agreement, says Johnson Smith
The Government of Jamaica will delay its signing of the post-Cotonou Agreement in Samoa (Samoa Agreement) in order to facilitate ongoing consultations, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement closer to approval
The EU-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has today taken a step towards approval, with the Commission sending to the Council proposals for its signature and conclusion.
Cameroon-EU EPA Awards: Large companies swoop prizes, confirms customs figures
On June 8, 2023, the European Union’s Commission announced the Cameroon-EU EPA Awards, a contest organized “to honor those who have taken up the challenge and are now benefiting from the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA)”
Cameroon: Large firms captured 86% of EPA tax gains in 5 years
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Cameroon and the European Union benefited large enterprises the most, according to customs authorities. Those enterprises are mostly multinationals operating in the brewing, cement, chemical, and agribusiness industries.
New successor agreement to Cotonou accord to be signed in ’coming months’
A new accord will be officially signed in "the coming months" by the European Union (EU) and the 79-member Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), it has been officially announced.
EU-Kenya deal paints gloomy picture for EAC trade ties
Due to Kenya’s economic partnership agreement with the EU, it will be difficult for Uganda to differentiate similar goods coming from Kenya, from those manufactured in the EU.