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AFRICA TRADE NETWORK

UNCTAD XII PANEL DISCUSSION ON

'WHY THE EPAs ARE AGAINST DEVELOPMENT'

 

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

 

Speakers:

 

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: politicaleconomy@twnafrica.org ; Christabel Phiri: +233 246 935127

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