Will EPAs undermine Sustainable Development in the East African Community?
CSOs statement on EAC-EU EPAs
WILL THE EAC-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS (EPAs) AS BEING CURRENTLY NEGOTIATED SUPPORT OR UNDERMINE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE EAC?
The Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) EPA Negotiations were launched in 2002 under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) where the Parties agreed to conclude new World Trade Organization (WTO) compatible trading arrangements, remove progressively barriers to trade between them and enhance cooperation in all areas relevant to trade (CPA Article 36.1). In a bid to strengthen their regional integration agenda, the five EAC partner states in 2007 decided to reconfigure and negotiate the EPAs as a block, and subsequently, on November 27th 2007, they initialed the Interim Framework Economic Partnership Agreement (FEPA) in Kampala. Since then, negotiations have been ongoing on a number of contentious issues. The negotiations have reached a critical stage since, despite the prevalence of the contentious issues, the EU has put a deadline for concluding the negotiations by revising her Market Access Regulation 1528/2007 to clearly indicate that any ACP country which will not have signed or ratified the EPAs by 1st October 2014 will be removed from the list of beneficiaries of the Duty Free Quota Free market access to the EU market.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! TIME TO ABANDON THE E.P.A.
WE, organisations of civil society from Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe campaigning on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe from 8-9 October, 2013, to review the EPA negotiations and the campaigns,denounce the continued pursuit of the EPAs.Download pdf
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