Concerns on EPAs

30/05/2011
Concerns on EPAs

The 93rd session of the Council of Ministers of the ACP (Africa Caribbean and Pacific) was completed on Sunday in Brussels. Togo was represented by the Minister for Planning, Development and Planning, Dédé Ahoefa Ekoué (photo), also President of the Council.
During her speech, Mrs. Ekoué said that are being made efforts by her country, at the initiative of President Faure Gnassingbé, to revive the economy and improve living conditions of the population with the support of international partners including the European Union and the ACP.
Council participants have had a series of discussions on issues relating to trade, politics and society.
With regard to EPA*, most member states have expressed concern about the lack of progress on this issue.
Member countries are to achieve optimal approaches for economic development to reduce poverty and accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
In this regard the issue of financing for development and amenities such as cotton, sugar and bananas have been mentioned.
The work in the session also helped in developing the agenda of the Joint Council of Ministers ACP-EU which will take place on May 31 in Brussels.
 

* The Economic Partnership Agreements or EPAs are trade agreements to develop free trade between the EU and the so-called ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific). The negotiation is still ongoing in some countries, but others have signed interim agreements (Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique in southern Africa, Cameroon in Central Africa and Ivory Coast in West Africa) and all-round (Caribbean) (2009).

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