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    Cees Witsen:

    Thanks for keeping this in the public eye, please keep up the heat, I’m old but we need to defeat this for future Australian’s

    Craig Welch:

    Interesting. Membership of the CPTPP is not Kōno’s to give. There is a whole accession process, involving concensus of all members.

    Craig Welch:

    That should more correctly read "South Korea decides to *ask* if it can join the CPTPP". There is a process for accession.

    Jacques Berthelot:

    There are several inconsistencies in the assertions that "ESA and EU need to speed up negotiations towards a full and comprehensive EPA that meets regional integration ideals". It is stupefying to see that Comesa wants to negotiate a full EPA with the EU despite the opposition of civil society, including farmers and industries, of most SSA countries. However it is in line with the roadmap for the post-Cotonou agreement adopted by the ACPs on 30 May 2018 in Lomé to "derive greater trade benefits and the developmental gains on which the EPAs are premised". It is also in line with the EU support to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and its willingness to negotiate the post-Cotonou agreement with the whole Africa, including North Africa, and no longer with the regional economic communities (RECs). As the AfCFTA has decided to delete 90% of tariffs in intra-Africa trade, this would reduce the customs duties of most SSA countries beyond the 80% reduction on imports from the EU foreseen in most EPAs, and the MFN clause of the interim EPAs (iEPAs) of Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana will force them to reduce also by 90% their customs duties on imports from the EU instead of the 75% of their iEPAs. To negotiate a single post-Cotonou agreement for the whole of Africa together with a single EPA is clearly to put the cart before the horse with a too fast top-down process of continental integration when there should be a longlasting bottom up process of reinforcing during at least one generation a full political integration of each REC, including with a significant redistribution budget to offset the loss of competitiveness of many countries and enterprises, before trying to enlarge it to the whole of Africa. In that perspective the reluctance of Nigeria to sign the West Africa EPA and the AfCFTA should be viewed as a salutary warning.

    Another inconsistency in this text relate to the ESA geopolitical perimeter. The article speaks of 11 Members when the ESA Summit of July 2018 claimed to have 21 Members (after Tunisia and Somalia joined in 2018). The only implemented EPA of ESA Members concerns four countries since 2012: Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe. But 4 of the 5 EAC Members (Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Uganda) belonging to Comesa are negotiating a regional EPA with the EU and even if the fifth EAC member, Tanzania, is a member of the 15 SADC States, it is not in the SADC-EU EPA of 6 States, of which Swaziland and Namibia are members (as in Comesa). The DR of Congo is also in the whole SADC (but not in the SADC-EU EPA consisting of 6 States) and in the Central Africa EPA that only Cameroon has been implementing since August 2014.

    Jacques Berthelot:

    Belle fresque de la perpétuation de l’impérialisme européen en Afrique sub-saharienne.Cependant une mise à jour des dernières relations UE-ASS est utile : 1) l’APE d’Afrique de l’Ouest (AO) n’a été que paraphé par les Chefs d’Etat en juillet 2014 mais trois (Gambie, Mauritanie et surtout Nigéria) ne l’ont pas signé et ce dernier a confirmé qu’il n’a pas l’intention de le faire à l’avenir. Par contre les APE intérimaires de Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana sont mis en oeuvre depuis la fin 2016 et vont ruiner l’intégration régionale de l’AO. Lire "Vous avez dit LIBRE échange? L’Accord de ’Partenariat’ Economique Union européenne-Afrique de l’Ouest", L’Harmattan 2018 par Jacques Berthelot.


    Any contract with hidden provisions is eligible to be declared null and void under common law of contract. These phoney trade deals are not consistent with lawful, good faith customary practice. We have to demand that all trade deals conform to putting the public interest as the primary objective. That could be achieved if activist groups are willing to join Goal 16 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 - which seeks to overhaul dysfunctional institutional systems and achieve equal justice for all.

    Ashwin Thapa:

    Strange ,its disgusting,in our issue and in our Deserving Rights,for what the Businessman making the Business,its quite clear of Businessman conflict of Interest,..
    As we dont have any idea who are representing from our Community,for our Rights.
    We are thankful to DNP+ for the info, and it will be great do let us know what can be done to stop this,as far a i know is that we had to oppose against this,and how and which will be the proper way to oppose against it..

    Karnan T S:

    This article is a bit heavy on rhetoric itself. In India, groups have been complaining about cheap imports of synthetic rubber from Sri Lanka / cocunut imports from Sri Lanka etc creating issues for local producers. Same goes in Sri Lanka but the article gives no specifics. Its too much of a superficial critique than citing specific examples.

    chin sokvin:

    i need of my academic research

    Biche Jean Luc:

    Une brèche dans les perspectives d’une libération des échanges au seul profit des multinationales et des puissances économiques....Un peu d’espoir qui j’espère va inspirer les dirigeants africains pour davantage écouter la société civile et refuser les APE qui seraient une catastrophe pour les industries naissantes (par exemple au Nigéria) , pour l’agriculture vivrière (et la survie de nombre de paysans) et pour les recettes douanières qui sont une des conditions de l’action publique.

    Pierre DIDIER:

    I have desperately searched what kind of safety treatment is currently mandated by the EU for EU chickens. Who can help? Are EU treatments a total schield against listeria, salmonella and others?

    Pierre DIDIER:

    Just a few questions: imagine that, say, a Canadian investor invests in big infrastructure works (new airport, waste incinerator etc.), in Bulgaria, in competition with a local entrepreneur close to local highest level authorities. Do you think he will be able to operate his investment smoothly? When de facto expropriated , do you think he will be indemnified properly by local judiciairy courts?
    If the same investor invests in waste treatment in Sicilia in competition with mafia interests. Are you sure his probable de facto expropriation will be rewarded by all Sicilian judges?
    When Sorros made huge investments in top level education in Hungary but had to flee to Berlin, do you think the Hungarian judiciary would compensate him for this de facto expropriation?
    Barring for obvious past abuses, do’nt you think that ISDS has merits? Are you sure a careful drafting of the clause as in CETA does not merit consideration?


    recomiendo las webs y
    Hay que concienciar a la gente de ciudad que la salud y los negocios del campo son problema de toda la ciudadania y se debe apoyar a la gente del campo
    Los tratados comerciales entre multinacionales estan arruinando la vida de pèrsonas y destruyendo el habitat en pos de la codicia

    Nicolas Roux:

    Ahora nadie esta seguro de las consecuencias sobre otros tratados bilaterales de inversión y tratados multilaterales


    Alguien me podría aclarar cómo influye esto en una tratado multilateral como es el Tratado de la Carta de la Energía, firmado por la propia Unión Europea y la Comunidad Europea de la Energía atómica?. No soy conocedor de estos temas y por eso me gustaría saber cómo ahora la UE y a través del TJUE puede anular los arbitrios o laudos con soporte en un tratado MULTILATERAL y reafirmado recientemente entre todos los países en Mayo de 2015 (todavía no se han cumplido tres años, se cumplen este próximo domingo). No sé por qué pero me parece que esto tiene más calado de lo que pueda parecer, sobre todo cuando la UE intenta anular laudos arbitrales "a posteriori" en un contexto internacional que ella misma a firmado y ratificado. No tendrían que anular primero los Tratados multilaterales previamente firmados. Es que si no la propia UE tiene una "responsabilidad" inherente en todo lo que está sucediéndo. No sé si es que el CETA además tiene un encaje de "privilegio" por algún oscuro motivo.

    Pierre DIDIER:

    Une fois de plus procès d’intention et intox.
    1.TOUS les accords commerciaux conclus par l’UE depuis qu’elle existe contiennent une formule de consultation des parties en matière de standards techniques, normes SPS etc. Le CETA n’est pas plus contraignant qu’aucun autre accord commercial à ce sujet. Et pourtant l’UE a les normes les plus protectrices au monde;
    2. Tout assouplissement des protections UE doit avoir l’accord des 28/27 Etats membres et du Parlement Européen. Si le glyphosate est démontré (potentiellement) nocif sur base de conclusions scientifiques avérées, jamais l’UE, même aiguillonnée par des multinationales canadiennes ou autres n’obtiendrait les majorités requises
    3. Le canada c’est 37 millions de consommateurs. l’UE c’est 111 millions. Croyez pas que c’est plutôt les canadiens qui vont adopter les normes européennes pour avoir accès à un marché trois fois plus grand que le leur?

    seth hanson:

    How can any country even think about investing / dealing with Indonesia. They treat foreign company’s with contempt and will steal there money and assets as soon they can. They revoke mining licences on flimsy grounds with the intention of taking the asset back once it becomes valuable. The while country is un-investable until the corrupt officials are taken to account.


    Bonjour, votre article m’interesse beaucoup. Merci pour la publication.

    Dee arn:

    Thank-you for your article. It is very well written and I found the information I needed.
    Too many corporations are doing the wrong thing and this disclosure proves it once again .
    Have a Blessed Easter and Happy Haunukah. D. A.


    Vous vous moquez de l’Afrique n’est-ce-pas ? Pour simple jalousie ? Voudrez vous pas nous voire évoluer ce ça ? Avec gros titre. Là nous vous répondons maintenant par le nombre des états signateurs de ce que qualifiez vous de la FOLIE. jamais une telle négociation commercial aussi forte qu’elle est, n’est signée ailleurs.Et je vous convie : les États restant vont tous adhérer. Alors les jaloux vont....

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