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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

INTA Committee to pressure EAC to unlock negotiations

Following weeks of tension,  8 members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the EP is in Kenya for a progress review on the EPAS with the East African Community (EAC). The main objective of the team, which will be in meeting in Nairobi for 3 days, is to unlock negotiations that have led much debate since they were introduced in 2002.
According to All Africa, the EP delegation will meet with ministers, politicians, business people, trade unions and civil society representatives to convince them on the need to conclude negotiations. Likewise, members of INTA Committee are set to discuss the proposed amendment of the Market Access Regulation to withdraw trade concessions from countries that negotiated but are yet to ratify the agreements.
On the EAC side, the fear stems from the fact that the EU subsidises its agricultural sector to the tune of €60 billion a year, and therefore signing the EPAs threatens flood the local market with cheap farm produce at the expense of local farmers.

Source: All Africa