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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ghana: Civil society organisations intensify fight against EPAs

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) across the country have intensified their fight against the Economic Partnership Agreements saying they are inimical to the long-term development aspirations of the nation.

For the second time in a month, civil society organizations have appealed to the government to be assertive and not buckle under pressure from the powers that be to take decisions that will only benefit the people of other nations and impoverish Ghanaians.

The Economic Partnership Agreements are a scheme to create a free trade area between the European Union (EU), and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. One of the essential elements of the EPAs is reciprocity in trade between the parties involved.

The agreements have remained a thorny issue in some ACP countries, triggering demonstrations in Ghana in 2007 when the government of Ghana initialed an Interim EPA. Since then, activists have raised the pitch of their voices, folded the sleeves of their shirts and sharpened their weapons in the fight against the agreements.

Source: My Joy Online

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