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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Another note on EPAs and African integration

In seeming agreement with some of the statements made by Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Benjamin Mkapa, Chair at The South Centre,  Robert Mabere, professor at the University of Dar es Salam, recently presented a paper entitled: 'Boosting intra-African trade', where he stresses that EPAs should meet Africa's integration priorities, as these seem to focus excessively on Western countries' requests. Moreover, he states that it is necessesary that ACP countries consider bloc-specific socio-economic dynamics.
He recalls that EPAs contain many problematic clauses that will have a negative impact on the ability of African countries to develop and industrialise. He argues that Africa has had to promote regional trade in accordance with the March 2010 Abuja Declaration on Development of Agribusiness and Agro-Industries in Africa, which endorsed fast-tracking the implementation of regional trade agreements. Likewise, he believes that Africa should take steps towards the removal of barriers to intra- and inter-regional trade.

Source: All Africa