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Thursday, 15 April 2010

EU Faults Mkapa On EPA

The European Union (EU) has defended the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) saying the arrangement does not aim at re-introducing colonialism in Africa. Instead, the EU delegation in the country said that to the contrary, the arrangement is meant to boost Africa's economy. This was in response to this paper queries following the recent remarks by former President Benjamin Mkapa in Nairobi, warning east African states to be wary of EPA as it was another Europe form of colonising the continent. Speaking at the Pan African media conference organised by Nation Media group two weeks ago, President Mkapa warned that EPA was meant to stifle Africa's growth.He described EPA, which is being championed by the EU, could be another "scramble for Africa", and was likely to weaken the regional bloc economically. But European Commission told this paper that EPA is concerned with promoting the regional integration process and notably supporting measures taken by regional groupings themselves to open up trade with their neighbours and the wider international community. "While they may have been born out of necessity - driven by the need for any preferential measures given by the EU to be WTO compatible - they are also an integral part of the comprehensive partnership between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries," said EC when reacting to The Citizen queries.

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