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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Africa's top trade negotiator, Tankeu, dies at 67

Africa’s top trade negotiator, Elizabeth Tankeu, the Trade Commissioner at the African Union (AU), has died aged 67, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Paris, France, the AU said Monday.

The AU Commission announced its flag was flying at half-mast in honour of the late trade and industry commissioner, whose tough stance against unfair trade deals saw a more assertive Africa take on the rest of the world in a hunt for a better trading deal.

The AU officially put on hold negotiations with the European Union (EU), saying no single country should sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a deal which seeks to gain easy access to African markets for European industrial goods.

“The AU Flag is flying at half mast at its headquarters on 17 October following the untimely death of Mrs. Tankeu, who passed away 16 October, at the age of 67, in a hospital in Paris, where she was evacuated about three months ago for medical treatment,” the AU said in a statement.

The AU Commission Chief Jean Ping sent a message of condolence to the Cameroonian Government, Tankeu’s country of origin, where she served as trade minister before her election to the post of trade commissioner.

Source: panapress.com