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CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 373
Subject: CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 373
Send date: 2013-09-30 17:32:13
Issue #: 190
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Bulletin CTA

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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : 30/09/2013
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main Events for the Week 30/09/2013 – 06/10/2013
  2. Video Guest: John Malcolm Spence (expert in Intellectual Property, CARICOM Secretariat)
  3. The next Brussels Briefing will be broadcasted live online
  4. CTA Brussels wishes to recruit an administrative assistant
  5. 80% of Germans wants to keep the development aid target
  6. EU and Ivory Coast combat illegal logging
  7. EU pledges 46M Euros in budget support to Tanzania
  8. Uganda gets €112M from EU for roads to boost regional trade
  9. The August 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”
  10. Dry conditions in Eritrea hamper crops and pasture growth
  11. Pacific urges EU to conclude EPAs this year
  12. Guyana gets 23.4M in sugar support from EU
  13. Governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry
  14. EP Intergroup: Reaching the EU 2020 biodiversity targets
  15. CWA: ‘Expanding economic opportunities for women in the Caribbean and the Pacific’
  16. Haiti Briefing: The development of aquaculture and fishing
  17. AGI takes a critical look at the Africa-EU partnership
  18. Namibia's fate on EPA To be decided soon
  19. 200 mayors support Fair Trade in the post-2015 development agenda
  20. More efforts required to combat cassava diseases in Africa
  21. Guyanese President: 'Has Caribbean benefited from EPAs?'


  1. Main Events for the Week 30/09/2013 – 06/10/2013
    2013-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture

    CTA:

    - 2 October: Brussels Briefing on Agricultural transformation in Africa

    European Parliament:

    - 30 September: Committee on Foreign Affairs
    - 30 September: Committee on Development
    - 30 September: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    - 03 October: Committee on Development
    - 03 October: Committee on Fisheries


    Council of the EU:

    - 2 October: Informal meeting of directors general on fishery
    - 3-4 October: Informal meeting of the Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV)

    ACP Group:

    - 01 October: Steering Committee on BIOPAMA

    You can also follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  2. Video Guest: John Malcolm Spence (expert in Intellectual Property, CARICOM Secretariat)
    2013-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture, Rural development

    In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, John Malcolm Spence Senior Coordinator, Intellectual Property Issues, CARICOM Secretariat, tells us more about the concept of Geographic Indication (GI) and the opportunities it represents for the states of CARICOM.
    Spence states that GIs are key for protecting the additional value that some of the goods produced in the Caribbean have. He also says that GIs will bring investment capital in the regions where they are located and will consequently help to develop rural areas. He is convinced that more and more Caribbean products using GIs will soon arrive on the international markets and that they will be identified and valued by the consumers.
    On 15th May 2013, John Malcolm Spence held a presentation on “The Caribbean experience in protecting agricultural and agrifood products” as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: www.brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/


    Link More on CARICOM


  3. The next Brussels Briefing will be broadcasted live online
    2013-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The next Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Drivers of success for agricultural transformation in Africa‘, which will be held on Wednesday 2nd October, will be broadcasted live online via webstreaming. The link will be announced on the day of the event on the Brussels Briefings website.

    If you are in Brussels, you can still register here and join us on Wednesday at the Borschette Congress Center (in Brussels). You can download the detailed program of the event, as well as a brief research note on the topic here.

    The Brussels Development Briefings are regular events organized in Brussels by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA) – in collaboration with the European Commission, the ACP Group, and other partners – on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.

    ! The Briefing is broadcasted live online via webstreaming here.

    Source: CTA


    Link More information


  4. CTA Brussels wishes to recruit an administrative assistant
    2013-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    CTA wishes to recruit a Project and Administrative Assistant to provide support to the CTA Brussels Office in administrative and financial management tasks as well as in project management.
    Under the responsibility of the Manager of the Brussels Office, the assistant will provide administrative assistance to the office, financial and logistical assistance to the organisation of technical events, project management assistance and communication support, and following the financial reports and payments.
    Interested candidates can consult the full job description on the CTA website. The deadline for applications is on 6th October 2013. Thank you for quoting the source of the advertisement where you were made aware of this vacancy.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more


  5. 80% of Germans wants to keep the development aid target
    2013-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    A recent opinion poll by the Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) has revealed that most Germans want to keep a the European development aid target. 80% of them disapprove their federal development minister Dirk Niebel’s statement that the target of earmarking 0.7% of European gross national income (GNI) for development aid is “no longer up-to-date,” EurActiv Germany reports.
    The poll has also revealed that as many as 40% of surveyed citizens actually want greater German engagement with developing countries. More than 80% of poll respondents said they considered German efforts to combat poverty in the developing nations to be either “important” or “very important.”
    At the same time, the citizens polled  overestimated the amount of aid that Germany was currently disbursing, on averaging attributing a figure of 2.4% of gross domestic product (GDP). However only a little over half (0.38%) of the target of 0.7% of the country’s GDP is actually being spent on development aid.
    The Green MP Thilo Hoppe considers that the survey results are a clear warning to the Federal government: “Merkel and Niebel are wrong to assume that stingy politics will be well-received by the German public,” he said, ”The fact that the government has already made cuts to its support for the poorest of the poor and chosen to reduce development funding, not only hurts its international image but also stirs up domestic disapproval and local protests.”
    Industrialized countries consider the 0.7% target as an essential step to fulfilling the eight Millennium Development Goals set for 2015. Even so, the majority of EU member states remain well below this target according to the European Commission.

    Source. Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link More on the Millennium Development Goals


  6. EU and Ivory Coast combat illegal logging
    2013-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment

    A voluntary partnership agreement between the European Union (EU) and Ivory Coast was signed this summer in Abidjan to address the problem of illegal logging. The EU reported that Ivory Coast has around 10 million hectares of forested area and that about 80 percent of the forestry products are exported to Europe.
    The EU said that similar efforts to combat illegal logging in other tropical countries helped preserve 17 million hectares of forested land.  European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said that "illegal logging continues to have a devastating impact on some of the world's most valuable forests, and the people who depend on them to live and to make a living."

    Source: UPI.com


    Link Read More
    Link Negotiations on partnership to fight illegal logging


  7. EU pledges 46M Euros in budget support to Tanzania
    2013-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy, Archive

     

    The European Union has promised 46 million Euros in budget support to Tanzania for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Tanzania's Daily News reported on 26th August 2013. These funds will help to support the government of Tanzania to reduce poverty and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
    The grant is part of 300 million Euros in development funds that the EU pledged to Tanzania in a five-year agreement which was signed in 2009. Of those funds, 5 million Euros will be granted to the National Bureau of Statistics to support monitoring initiatives, and the remaining 295 million Euros will serve as general budget support.
    Source: All Africa

     


    Link Read More
    Link More on the Millennium Development Goals
    Link EAC Secretariat gets a contribution of €2.9 M


  8. Uganda gets €112M from EU for roads to boost regional trade
    2013-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union (EU) has given Uganda 112 million Euros in credit and grants for road investments to facilitate trade in east Africa, it said on Wednesday 25 September. The EU has traditionally been a major source of funding for transport infrastructure for the prospective oil producer.
    Uganda, however, has lately appeared to turn progressively toward China which has provided cheap loans to help finance projects including motorways, hydroelectric dams and public office blocks.
    Uganda's national budget has been compressed since major western donors including United Kingdom (UK), its biggest source of bilateral aid, postponed financial support toward the end of last year after allegations that around 11 million Euros worth of aid had been misused. The EU however has continued its funding.
    The latest funds will help to finish the construction of the Kampala Northern Bypass and build the Mbarara Bypass, which would speed up transit of goods on a motorway linking Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan to Kenya's Mombasa seaport.
    Source: Reuters


    Link Read More


  9. The August 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”
    2013-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    The European Commission (EC) has released the August 2013 edition of ”Comodity price data”, a price dashboard which provides a summary of commodity price data for the most representative agricultural products and consumer food prices, at European Union (EU) and world level for the month of August. Although not all the products are comparable at both EU and world level, this document is intended to give an indication on the most recent price developments.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read More
    Link Consult the August edition of the Commodity price dashboard


  10. Dry conditions in Eritrea hamper crops and pasture growth
    2013-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture

    The crop-growing season in Eritrea has been significantly delayed due to late rains, according to the report on ‘Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea’ recently published by the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in the framework of the scientific and technical support to the European Union (EU) delegation in Eritrea and the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General (DG DEVCO) on food security information.

    The Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) reported that the significant rainfalls necessary for planting crops reached much of Eritrea only in August. The lack of early rains in June has impacted pasture conditions, and had a negative effect on livestock in most areas. The situation is less critical in the moist highlands even though dry spells were also observed in those areas in July. The dry weather has also negatively affected cultivated areas. Abundant rains of early August have improved the situation but the negative impact of the delay on this year’s harvest will not be completely reversed, leading to a likelihood of poor crop yields.

    Source: Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)


    Link Read More
    Link Read the full report of the IES


  11. Pacific urges EU to conclude EPAs this year
    2013-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Pacific Islands Countries that are negotiating an economic partnership agreement (EPAs) with the European Union have asked the EU to conclude negotiations by the end of 2013 or they will withdraw from the entire negotiations all together. They conveyed this to  the European Union Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht, in a letter dated 4th June 2013.
    Ministers of Pacific Countries are also disturbed by the European Commission’s(EC) demands to include specific commitments on access to Pacific fisheries resources in a trade agreement: they believe it is not possible nor realistic.
    Pacific Islands believe that if crafted properly, a comprehensive EPAs has the potential to create the right conditions for trade and development but they will not accept any proposal on the fisheries chapter without seeing the EC’s proposal on global sourcing, warned the ministers.
    Global sourcing is the practice of sourcing from the global market for goods and services across geopolitical boundaries to exploit global efficiencies (e.g. low cost skilled labor, low cost raw material and low trade tariffs) in the production of a product or service.

    Source:  Islands Business


    Link Read more
    Link EPAs: Kenya close to sign trade pacts with EU
    Link EC: EPAs should not be seen as a threat to industrialization


  12. Guyana gets 23.4M in sugar support from EU
    2013-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    Guyana signed 23.4M Euros financing agreement on 20th June 2013 as part of Europe’s continuing Sugar Support Programme. The funds will be disbursed for the 2012/2013 program and will see Guyana drawing down on 115M Euros since the program started back in 2006. Earlier this year, EU said that since 2006, when the program started, it made available91.5M Euros to Guyana.
    These supports have assisted the Guyana National Action Plan (GNAP), which focuses on adaptation of the sugar industry by measures which include the upgrading of sugar factories, adding value through sugar packaging and co-generation of power, increasing sugar production and mechanizing field operations, thereby enhancing the competitiveness and productivity of the sector.
    The EU provides considerable funding specifically for the sugar industry under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries. This Protocol, which was formerly part of the Cotonou Agreement and granted 18 ACP countries including Guyana preferential access to the EU market (sale of guaranteed quantities at a fixed price), had to be dismantled following a ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) mandating the EU to change its sugar regime. In order to mitigate the effects of revenue reduction for these countries as a consequence of the termination of the Protocol, the EU put in place in 2006 a support programme for accompanying measures with additional funds

    Source: Kaieteur News


    Link Read more
    Link More on the Sugar Support Programme
    Link Sugar funds cuts: damage to Fiji not so sweet


  13. Governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry
    2013-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Energy

    Several European governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry because they had already invested in the feedstock-based fuels before the EU began advocating a move away from them, reports Euractiv. On Wednesday,11,September,2013 The European Parliament (EP) voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops to 6% of overall transport fuel demand in the European Union in 2020 because of fears that bio-fuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate.

    Various bio-fuels are blended with conventional transport fuels and added to vehicle fuel tanks. They were intended to reduce transport carbon emissions and cut Europe's dependence on imported oil. But faced with claims that Europe's thirst for bio-fuels was increasing global food prices, and scientific evidence that some bio-fuels are more harmful to the climate than even conventional fossil fuels, the Commission reconsidered the use of bio-fuels.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Biofuels: EMPs vote to cap use for transport
    Link EU report: Brussels biofuels policy hikes food prices by up to 50%


  14. EP Intergroup: Reaching the EU 2020 biodiversity targets
    2013-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Climate change , Agriculture, Environment

    ‘The European Union (EU) can push biodiversity mainstreaming in many ways to reach EU 2020 targets’ said Chris Vanden Bilcke, Head of UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU, during a conference of the European Parliament (EP) Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (CCBSD), which  was held on Tuesday 24 September 2013 in Brussels. The speakers raised the importance of restoring nature through green infrastructure (GI); linking biodiversity science and policy; involving private sector in biodiversity conservation; integrating biodiversity measures into agricultural practices.
    Dr. Sybille van den Hove, Director and Partner of MEDIAN, agreed on the need for better scientific evidence on biodiversity issues but she also highlighted the importance of  a strong political will from European institutions. Private businesses should come closer  to nature, adapt their business model and, play a greater role in helping to protect biodiversity, advocated  Daan Wensing , expert for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Speakers also agreed that both agriculture and biodiversity are strongly linked and that win-win approaches are available. They are convinced that enhancing biodiversity and sustainable productivity of farmers can go hand in hand.
    The EU has recently adopted the Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 which calls for “halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss”. The full implementation of the Strategy requires action from a variety of stakeholders, institutions, administrators, and businesses.

    Source: CCBSD


    Link Read more
    Link More on the Green Infrastructure
    Link More on EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020


  15. CWA: ‘Expanding economic opportunities for women in the Caribbean and the Pacific’
    2013-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture, Archive

    The next Women´s Forum on ‘Expanding Economic Opportunities for Women Farmers and Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and the Pacific’ will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2013 during Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2013. It aims at strengthening inter-regional linkages and it will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the process of linking the smallholder farmers to the local market as a strategy for improving investment and agricultural growth in the region.
    The forum will also look at strengthening inter-regional linkages in areas including women’s producers and entrepreneurs contribution to food and nutrition security; linking local and regional production to the tourism industry and boosting agro-tourism, and in particular food tourism; sharing lessons in adaptation strategies for increasing resilience to climate change impacts; developing niche markets which add value to indigenous products and build upon local traditions, regional branding and positioning.
    Forum organizers report that Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction and women play a crucial in the growth of the sector through their roles as farmers, labourers and entrepreneurs; however, they face more severe constraints than men in access to productive resources such as weak governance structures and mechanisms, and the lack of business knowledge.
    The forum is organized by the Technical Centre for Agriculture (CTA), together with the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the US State Department, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, and the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP).


    Link More information
    Link Programme and background note
    Link Registration form


  16. Haiti Briefing: The development of aquaculture and fishing
    2013-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    As part of the decentralisation of the Brussels Development Briefings and support to most vulnerable countries, Haiti runs the 3nd national Briefing on “The development of aquaculture and fishing, an economic opportunity for Haiti” on Thursday, 26th September 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    This follows the first two briefings which took place in Haiti – “Building resilience in the face of crisis and shocks” on 27th February 2013 and “Valorisation of local products as an alternative for food security” on 2nd July 2013.
    The national briefings integrate the topics of  the Brussels Briefings, which are of interest for Haiti. They look at a particular topic through the lens of a national case, and raise awareness on topical issues related to agriculture in Haiti.
    They are fully organized at the local level, by PROMODEV, the Ministry of Agriculture and other development partners. Farmer’s organisations from various regions of the country are represented in the discussion, and a special emphasis is put on involving the media in the discussions as a way to inform them on key priorities for rural development.
    The 3rd Haiti Briefing draws from the Brussels Briefing on the topic of Fish-farming: The new driver of the blue economy which was held on 3rd of July, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. To read more about it go here.

    You can find more by visiting the websites of the national Briefings:
    http://www.promodev.ht/ and http://www.haitibriefings.net/

    Download the background note and the programme here.

    The Haiti Briefing can be followed on Thursday, 26 September, starting at 9 a.m (3 p.m. Brussels time)  live by webstream at the following address: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/promodev-cta.Text messages or questions can be sent to (509) 2230-9998 or promodevhaiti@gmail.com.


    Link More information
    Link programme and background note
    Link More on the Brussels Briefings


  17. AGI takes a critical look at the Africa-EU partnership
    2013-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Development Policy

    The Africa Governance Institute (AGI) urges to break radically with the practice of having an agenda defined by the European Union (EU) and imposed to Africa. It claims that the two partners should instead consult each other to reach a common agenda, taking into account their respective priorities and interests.
    AGI recently published a policy brief on ‘the issues of the Africa-Europe Summit on April 2014’ taking a critical look at the Africa-Europe partnership. It reported that although Africa has been enthusiastic about the new relationship paradigm expressed in the 2007 Joint Africa- EU Strategy (JAES), Europe has not yet created new conditions to see Africa as an equal, as opposed to a dependent.
    In 2007, the two continents agreed upon the JAES to open up an attitude change: a new political partnership between equal trade partners would replace the prior relation mainly based on aid dependence. AIG advices Africa to postpone the next meeting with the EU after the next European election in 2014, when the new European Commission will have been appointed, to re-evaluate the partnership agreements between EU and Africa.

    Source: AGI


    Link Read more
    Link Read the AGI policy brief
    Link More on the Joint Africa- EU Strategy (JAES)


  18. Namibia's fate on EPA To be decided soon
    2013-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Trade agreement negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Nambia and other African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries are to resume at the end of September 2013, AllAfrica informs. The Namibian Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein, is hopeful that whatever the outcome of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) is, the deal will benefit all players.
    ACP states have been given generous access to European markets for roughly 30 years and Namibia itself is not subject to any tariffs or quotas on goods entering the EU common market.  "Hopefully during the negotiations, we will be in a position to resolve those issues that remain sticky points in the process. Our goal, of course, is to remain with Europe in a trade partnership agreement," said Minister of Trade Schlettwein.
    One sticky point for Namibia in the trade negotiations is the Most Favoured Nations (MFN) clause stipulating that all trade agreements concluded with parties holding above 1.5 per cent of the global trade would automatically entitle the EU the same preferences.

    Source: AllAfrica


    Link Read more
    Link Africa: No EPAs to be signed until April 2014


  19. 200 mayors support Fair Trade in the post-2015 development agenda
    2013-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy

    200 mayors from around the world signed the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 Declaration in preparation for the United Nation’s event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The declaration is apart of the Fair Trade campaign to create a new sustainable development framework after 2015 that will incorporate Fair Trade values.
    Mayors from Poznan, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Paris, and Madrid joined 120 elected local authorities and 270 Civil Society Organizations in declaring their support for a global framework that promotes sustainability and equality.
    In response to the support from the signers, Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, stated, “Fair Trade is a best practice on how poverty reduction can meet sustainable development. It would be therefore logical that the future sustainable development framework beyond 2015 promoted the uptake of Fair Trade.”

    Source: EU Reporter


    Link Read more
    Link onday, 03 June 2013 Report on post-2015 development agenda:
    Link The post-2015 development agenda


  20. More efforts required to combat cassava diseases in Africa
    2013-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Agriculture, Food Security

    In response to rapidly spreading strains of cassava disease, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) are calling for increased investments to prevent further crop damage. The cassava root is a key crop for both regional subsistence and trade.
    After a meeting of 70 regional cassava professionals in Nairobi, Kenya it was determined that a minimum of USD 100 million is needed to continue the efforts of the EU funded, FAO coordinated Regional Cassava Initiative. Over a four-year period the Initiative improved food security and repaired damaged yields in the areas affected by cassava disease. The project is set to end in October 2013 without further investment.
    Seven countries including Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda worked with the Initiative to offer cassava farmers disease resistant plants and clean materials. Although these efforts curbed the effects of Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD), Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) continues to spread, threatening the food security of the 135 million people in the region.
    Without continued funding of the Initiative, CBSD is likely to spread into Nigeria, the biggest cassava-producing nation in Africa.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more


  21. Guyanese President: 'Has Caribbean benefited from EPAs?'
    2013-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Guyanese President, Donald Ramotar, addressed representatives from the European Union (EU) as well as diplomats from the Caribbean, who were meeting in Guyana to forge a seven-year partnership, and he brought up the current status of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the two regions.
    Ramotar called on Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations to come forward and state if the EPAs have provided any tangible benefits to signatory nations.  The Government of Guyana has argued in the past that the EPAs would potentially undermine national interests within CARICOM, as well as hamper cooperation with South American states. Guyana eventually signed the agreement in 2008 but realized that EPAs’ benefits to their economy have been minimal.
    Negotiations are ongoing to establish a trade agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (ACP).

    Source: Stabroeknews


    Link Read more
    Link Guyana calls for freeze on EPA in light of global crisis
    Link CARIFORUM: Completion of Implementation Plans for EPA


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