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Monday, 11 July 2011

ABWU general secretary to push EU for education on EPA

General Secretary of Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union, David Massiah wants the European Union to play a greater role in public education on the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Massiah said he would be using the 26th meeting of economic and social interest groups of the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and EU regions in Belgium to press his demands. He has been invited, along with nearly 200 other participants from the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, to the summit on sustainable development. Massiah said he’s anxious to let the leaders of the EU know that the EPA, which is meant to help Caribbean and European businesses trade more easily with each other, isn’t living up to promise. “We are quite aware that a number of the local people do not understand, the acronym of EPA and what it means for them and how the European Union being the bigger partners in here, the kind of role, the further assistance that we need to get as a region and as a country and so these are things that need to be accentuated in a very large way to these people,” Massiah said. “We need in the Caribbean to find some further assistance,” Massiah added. The meeting took place from July 5 to 7.

Source: Antigua Observer

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