Eu Cariforum Epa Agreement

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The Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a permanent instrument of the CARIFORUM-CE trade partnership. It replaces the commercial component of Lomé IV and its successor Cotonou (2000). The recent collapse of the Doha Round once again underscores the weakness of international trade negotiations. Similarly, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the CARIFORUM Group and the European Union (EU) has been the subject of much discussion and debate in recent months. It is clear that there are two diametrically opposed views on the impact and usefulness of the agreement. One view is that the EPA is a major advance in trade relations, which will greatly benefit the region. On the other hand, some see it as an unfavourable situation for the region and perhaps a total surrender of the EU to the EU by the Cariforum. They say it is part of a comprehensive EU strategy to enforce World Trade Organization (WTO) policy towards developing countries and to circumvent Doha`s obstacles. During this debate, both sides try to abstain from their views by referring to the text of the agreement. The aim of this review is to shed light on the issues that are fuelling this debate, particularly in the areas of market access, the impact on customs revenues and the impact on regional integration. The review also aims to clarify and address some of the key contentious issues related to the EPA and to support further discussions on an implementation plan.

This approach is based on an in-depth analysis of the TEXT of the EPA and its annexes, as well as in-depth discussions with some of the key cariforum negotiators. The interviews were conducted both on a personal level and on the Internet, as many regional negotiators live or work outside the region. The auditor also participated in presentations and discussions with some of the key regional critics of the agreement. On 16 December 2007, an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was concluded between Cariforum (Caricom and the Dominican Republic) and the European Community (EC). This is the culmination of three years of formal negotiations between the parties. It is more of a free trade agreement (FTA), as it contains a strong development component, with clear links with development assistance for the adaptation and modernization of Cariforum economies. CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS – Senior officials from the Caribbean and the European Commission (EC) met today, November 12, in Barbados. This meeting was the second meeting of the main negotiators of the Cariforum-EC; the first was convened in Brussels on 15 July 2004. CarIFORUM officials have been approved by Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM) and Caribbean Principal Negotiator on… This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

Find out how your comments are handled. . (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkey, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Caribbean Forum of the Caribbean Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP STATES) (CARIFORUM) intends to close its team for its side of the Advisory Committee with the European Union (EU). The Committee is one of five institutions needed under the Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). A meeting in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on the 11th… In 2008, the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the European Union (EU) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to meet their commitments to reach a WTO-compatible trade agreement. The vast reciprocal trading system replaces the unilateral preferential access that the EU extended in 1975 to some developing countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.