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World Bank did not urge Africa to reject EPAs with EU

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

World Bank did not urge Africa to reject EPAs with EU

On November 26, a news taken from various media  with the headline: World Bank urges Africa to reject EPAs with EU, gave the erroneous impression carried by the headline and in the main body of the article as communicated by the World Bank Office in Brussels. As noted in the feedback from Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa Region of the World Bank, who was misrepresented, "Masahudu Ankillu Kunateh’s  story  of November 14, 2012 in the AllAfrica.com portal, and especially the headline, completely misrepresented my remark about Economic Partnership Agreements at the plenary session on youth employment at the recent African Economic Conference in Kigali.  Nowhere in my remarks did I call on African countries to “reject” EPAs.  My remarks were about the benefits (to both sending and receiving countries) of migration.  Since I was speaking after Professor Charles Soludo, who had said that the benefits of EPAs to African countries were not significant, I suggested that the benefits of agreements on migration could be considerably higher.  Turning this statement about the benefits of migration into a position on EPAs is inaccurate and misleading."
The World Bank regrets any inconvenience caused by the article.
For more information contact the World Bank Brussels Office.

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