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ECA still opposed to EPA signature between the EU and African countries

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

ECA still opposed to EPA signature between the EU and African countries

Under pressure from the European Union (EU), Cameroon announced since July 2013 its intention to ratify the Interim Economic and Partnership Agreement (EPA), signed with this regional organisation in 2007, a process extended to other African countries and against which the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is strongly opposed.
The ECA reaffirms its opposition against the EPA signatures between the EU and the African countries. Paul Biya, current President of the Cameroon. Part of a broader framework related to the ACP group (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific), the EPAs initiated by the EU to its partners in developing countries are described as a model of liberal trade aiming for the dismantling of the customs barriers in the markets of one or the other part.   Perceived as a threat to the fragile African markets, these agreements already signed by some countries such as Cameroon, when currently the EU struggles to conclude negotiations for a global EPA with all the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) raised an outcry within organisations of the African civil society.
“Present in the debate,” according to its Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes, on a visit last week in Yaoundé, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa does not stop to announce its opposition against “the signature of the EPAs like we are negotiating right now.”
Source: Afriquinfos.com

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