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
Eschewing the ACFTA and EPA may be a blessing in disguise for Nigeria.
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).
The dialogue will cover political and economic developments in Fiji and EU and other aspect including the upcoming general elections, climate change, economic partnership agreement, human rights and development cooperation.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria very explicitly stated to the new Ambassador of the European Union that Nigeria was determined not to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement for West Africa.
Despite having several trade and investment agreements from 1975, the inability for Africa to build substantial productive capacity has in effect rendered the continent a net importer, unable to meet even its own food requirements.
The MFN clause of their interim Economic Partnership Agreements obliges Ivory Coast and Ghana to extend to the EU the tariff advantages granted in the Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area.
The President said he had been reluctant to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement among ECOWAS countries because of the need to protect the economy, especially the industries and small businesses that currently provide jobs for majority of Nigerians.
Dr Ndongo Samba Sylla is an economist, researcher and programme officer at the Office for West Africa at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. In this interview, he analyses the African Continental Free Trade Area
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.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria urges the Nigerian government not succumb to the pressure by the European Union to sign the EU-ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area.
East African leaders call for further negotiations on EPA with their European counterparts.
Under EPAs, small-scale farmers are disadvantaged.
Depuis la ratification par le Cameroun, le 22 juillet 2014 de l’accord de partenariat économique avec l’Union Européenne les petites et moyennes entreprises camerounaises sont menacées par le spectre de déflagration.
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) became the first regional EPA in Africa to be fully operational after its implementation by Mozambique.
The European Union is seeking to establish separate arrangements with members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group, as it prepares to enter into a new partnership agreement with these countries.
Kenya has initiated informal bilateral talks with Britain as it seeks to establish a new trade deal to protect its exports to the European market now that Brexit will likely affect duty free access of Kenyan goods to the country.
Free trade agreements represent a powerful source of pressure to privatise seeds and people’s knowledge connected to seeds.