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Friday, 23 August 2013

Namibia: Resistance to EPA, admirable but unsustainable?

Nambia's decission to stand up against the European Union (EU) and its refusal to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) unless it brings net advantages was ‘admirable but unsustainable, given its comparatively vulnerable situation’, Dr Henning Melber in his recently released report "Namibia and the Economic Partnership Agreement (South African Foreign Policy Initiative, SAFPI, Brief No. 39) argues.
Faced with the threat of loss of preferential market access into the EU market at the end of December 2007, many ACP countries signed the interim EPAs. However, Namibia opted not to sign an interim EPA given that the country’s negotiators identified outstanding issues that would have eroded policy space.
However, analyzing this situation, AllAfrica disagrees with these views, arguing that Namibia and her fellow ACP partners should not ‘continue toeing the line of the colonial legacy of continuing to render themselves as provider of raw materials, and at exploitative prices for that matter, as has been the case since the independence of these countries’.

AllAfrica asks for a partnership with shared goals of poverty alleviation and economic development, between partners who have equal sovereignty, and raises the question whether the EPAs should be signed at all.

Source: AllAfrica

Nambia's decission to stand up against the European Union (EU) and its refusal to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) unless it brings net advantages was ‘admirable but unsustainable, given its comparatively vulnerable situation’, Dr Henning Melber in his recently released report "Namibia and the Economic Partnership Agreement (South African Foreign Policy Initiative, SAFPI, Brief No. 39) argues.

Faced with the threat of loss of preferential market access into the EU market at the end of December 2007, many ACP countries signed the interim EPAs. However, Namibia opted not to sign an interim EPA given that the country’s negotiators identified outstanding issues that would have eroded policy space.

However, analyzing this situation, AllAfrica disagrees with these views, arguing that Namibia and her fellow ACP partners should not ‘continue toeing the line of the colonial legacy of continuing to render themselves as provider of raw materials, and at exploitative prices for that matter, as has been the case since the independence of these countries’.

AllAfrica asks for a partnership with shared goals of poverty alleviation and economic development, between partners who have equal sovereignty, and raises the question whether the EPAs should be signed at all.

Source: AllAfrica

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