MAKING TRADE WORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN THE EAC.

The quest for industrialization and structural transformation is even stronger given the changing international trade landscape. Currently, international trade is being shaped by reciprocal and largely asymmetrical Free Trade Agreements. The EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is one of such agreements. Over the years, many trade analysts, civil society, farmers and manufacturers have raised concerns on the inherent dangers of the EPA on EAC’s value addition, industrialization and structural transformation efforts.  It is therefore important to reassess nature of Trade policies and agreements which can be able to promote industrialization…

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Civil Society Statement on the current state of play of the EPAs after the European Commission´s latest ultimatum

On 8th September 2016, the 17th Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State is taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 17th Extra-Ordinary Summit will be considering; The EAC Council of Ministers Report on EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement;  His Excellency President Mkapa’s Report on the Inter-Burundi Dialogue;  Council Report on matters relating to the Republic of South Sudan;  Swearing in of the new Deputy Secretary General from the Republic of Rwanda.   In regards to the  above, kindly find attached:Civil Society Statement on the current…

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The inherent dangers for the EAC signing the EAC-EU EPA

On the 18th August 2016, an extraordinary meeting of EAC partner states will be held to take a decision on the EPA.  Much likely, the meeting is likely to focus on measures of how to convince   Tanzania to change its earlier position on  EPA.  Statement on the inherent dangers for the EAC signing the EAC-EU EPA.

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Civil Society Statement on the EU-EAC EPA and the Rendezvous Clause negotiations

EAC EPA :The European Commission proposal for a Council decision to sign and provisionally apply the EPA came out on 11 February 2016. At that moment, the text was also published in the different EU languages. Since then, the following activities have been undertaken: EPA translated into Kiswahili and circulated to the Partner States and shared with the EU; EU proposed revisions of a formatting, clerical and editorial nature and EAC provided responses on them EU has informed the EAC that the EU Council of Ministers will meet on 20…

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