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EU: progress towards finalizing EPAs with Ecowas

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

EU: progress towards finalizing EPAs with Ecowas

The Head of the European Union, EU, delegation to Nigeria, David MacRae, who was speaking on Monday 8th April at the 9th annual ECOWAS-development partners' coordination meeting in Abuja, said tremendous progress is being made towards finalising an economic partnership and trade agreement (EPA) with the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
The coordination meeting had the role to afford the EU the opportunity to discuss the progress made so far and explore ways to move the process forward and ensure better alignment of EU and other development partners' on-going and planned support to the needs of the region.
On the occasion, MacRae stressed the need for ECOWAS member states to put economic integration protocols and commitments into practice and to further develop mechanisms for improved results monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the implementation of regional policies at national levels, saying that the formal adoption of the Common External Tariff (CET) would facilitate the conclusion of an EPA with the EU.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, said the long-term stability of the sub-region can only be achieved through improved democratic and economic governance, combined with an enhanced regional integration. He said that particular emphasis should be placed on the creation of economic opportunities for the more vulnerable, including women and youth; in an effort to pave the way for sustained peace, social cohesion and stability in West Africa.

Source: AllAfrica