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The Africa Trade Network will hold its 11th Annual Review and Strategy meeting from August 25-28th 2008 in Accra, Ghana. The meeting, hosted by TWN Africa, will focus on responding to the new challenges emerging for the ATN's on-going flagship campaign against the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).  


The four-day meeting comprises 3-days analysis and teach-in, 1-day strategy and organization - structured as follows:

    Day 1 - Global & African economic context today (including World Trade Organisation (WTO) and IFI- issues; Global Crises (food, fuel and finance), rise of China & other emerging powers, commodities boom and related issues.

    Days 2 & 3 - IEPAs (Trade in Goods) and EPAs (Services, Singapore Issues, Intellectual Property)

    Day 4 - Stop EPA campaign strategy and ATN networking & organizational priorities and mechanisms.


The objectives of the meeting are as follows: 

      • Update on the status of EPA negotiations
      • Review and Renew the STOP EPA campaign perspectives, strategy, and messaging in specific respect of IEPAs and negotiations towards comprehensive EPAs as well - at International, Continental, Sub-regional and strategic country levels
      • Analyze issues and linkages arising from Global Economic Trends & EPAs
      • Establish Network and Campaign organizational mechanisms, priorities and strategic alliances and synergies.

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Organized by the Africa Trade Network (ATN) in collaboration with Stop EPA Advocacy & Campaign Partners


Date and Venue:  09.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 22nd April 2008 at the 'NGO Hall', Ghana International Conference Centre, Accra.


Background: In December 2007 35 ACP countries, including 19 African countries, initialed so-called 'Interim Economic Partnership Agreements' (IEPAs) with the European Commission, as a stepping stone towards comprehensive EPAs to be completed in 2008. The Caribbean Region has already concluded such a full EPA with the EU. As is widely acknowledged, the EPAs will radically affect ACP-EU trade and economic relations and have profound negative impacts on ACP national and regional economies. Further, as a potential model for North-South relations, the EPAs have implications far beyond the regions and peoples directly concerned. Africa will experience the most concentrated and far-reaching impacts of the EPAs, and therefore has perhaps the strongest imperative for interrogating and resisting the EPAs.


UNCTAD XII, taking place in Africa, offers the opportunity: i) To consolidate the voices of concern and dissent - official-cum-civil society- around the 'actually- existing EPAs' as an effective pole of influence and to harmonize their interactions, mutual support and collaboration in intervening in EPA processes; ii) To root this consolidation in a practical frame of reference of strategic imperatives, parameters and 'red lines' in the EPAs and, iii). To mainstream critiques against EPAs in richer and more comprehensive linkages with progressive initiatives of, and within, developing countries in the wider milieu of Development and Trade.


Moderator:  Gyekye Tanoh, Third World Network Africa/ ATN




Cheikh Tidiane Dieye, ENDA Tiers Monde, Senegal/ATN

Emily Jones, Oxfam GB

Hon Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry, Republic of South Africa

Representative of the Ministry of Economics, Brazil

Hon Minister for Commerce, Republic of Senegal (tbc)


Contact: ATN Secretariat, email: ; Christabel Phiri: +233 246 935127




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