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Sunday, 21 January 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa has been hit hard, first by the food crisis, then more recently by the financial and economic crisis; and the continent is now facing the challenges of adapting to climate change. In this rapidly evolving context, African countries continue to negotiate ambitious Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Would the EPAs – including the reforms they may require and the mechanisms they may create – have made any difference to the capacity of ACP governments and producers to respond to these crises?
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Could new African consumers make good the losses of African fruit exporters on the European market? That is the question large Ivory Coast fruit exporters are struggling with at present. The historical agreement, which during the middle of December ended a sixteen year long banana war between Europe, Latin America, the US and Africa will change much in Ivory Coast as surely as anything. Ivory Coast export to the European Union about 230,000 tons of bananas.  
Mabel D. Awuku, PRO, Ministry of Trade and Industry in Ghana, give san overview of the EPA negotiations. Ghana and European Union trade has been guided by a non-reciprocal trade regime offering tariff preferences for Ghanaian products entering the EU market under the Lome Convention from 1975 to 2000 and of late the Cotonou Partnership Agreement from 2000. However, the preferential trade system enshrined in the CPA operated  under a waiver from GATT Act 1 which obliged  WTO members  to adhere to the principle of non-discrimination.

Lessons from the ACP-EU trade negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements.The present study is part of a more comprehensive research project on ‘European policy for global development’ funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under. The project analyses the European Union’s capabilities to manage policy nexuses and looks particularly at new EU initiatives and instruments (aid effectiveness), the institutional setup (aid architecture) and the coherence for development.

Although the region has concluded a deal on market access to the European Union, there remain fundamental disagreements on trade in services. The EastAfrican has learnt that the matter will be left out of any deals signed this year as countries want it handled at a bilateral level. Economic Partnership Agreement, deal with rules under which nationals of one country can sell their expertise in the services sector of another World Trade Organisation member country.
Friday, 12 February 2010
It is imperative for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) to move towards aligning its internal activities faster before conclusion of a final Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, says Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Jabulile Mashwama. Reports say the EU reckons EPA negotiations could be finalised by the end of the year, if there was “real political will” to settle the agreement. The EPA negotiating bloc comprising Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique is expected to meet internally in mid-February before resuming official negotiations with the EU.
The 2989th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 18 January 2010 took note of the request made by the Belgian delegation, supported by the German, Lithuanian and Austrian delegations, for the Commission to take a view on whether, under WTO rules, it could be possible to increase the quantities for export of out of quota sugar (5391/10), and of the comments made by the Portuguese delegation, as well as of the reply of the Commission representative.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
The European Commission has officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition.Over the past two months, some 130,000 people have voted online to choose the new organic symbol from three finalists.The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany,who gained 63 % of the overall vote for his “Euro-leaf” logo.From July 1, 2010, the organic logo of the EU will be obligatory on all pre-packaged organic products that have been produced in any of the EU Member States and meet the necessary standards.It will be optional for imported products.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The European Commission welcomes the Council Decision of 25 January 2010 fully re-establishing cooperation with Mauritania and confirms the resumption of enhanced political dialogue with Mauritania’s various political actors.This new decision means that the National Indicative Programme for Mauritania under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF),signed before the coup d’état of August 2008,can now be implemented.
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has urged the government to renegotiate the implementation date of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) until the country’s industry achieves further recovery. News agency New Ziana quoted the CZI president Joseph Kanyekanye on Wednesday as saying that Zimbabwe’s industry was still fragile and was unlikely to have fully recovered to be in a position to compete with goods from Europe by 2013.