Africa: Europe Tries to Ease EPA Fears

source: allAfrica
Jo-Maré Duddy
20 May 2009

Windhoek — THE European Union (EU) is not motivated by commercial self-interest in seeking economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with Namibia and other African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, Dr Elizabeth Pape, the European Commission’s (EC) Ambassador to Namibia, said on the eve of the watershed EPA meeting between Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob and his peers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana today.

It is believed that Geingob and his fellow trade ministers from South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and Botswana will attempt to find a common stance on signing the controversial pact during their one-day meeting in Gaborone.

Negotiations between the ACP and the EU have been dragging on for two years as the economic superpower simply could not persuade countries like Namibia and South Africa to even initial the interim agreement. Namibia provisionally initialled the interim EPA so that its table [continue reading]

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