NGO letter: Undue pressure on Namibia to sign an interim EPA

June 21, 2010

In a joint open Letter to Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, 30 NGOs expressed their concern over the undue pressure on the government of Namibia to sign the interim EPA. The negotiations on the “SADC” EPA are still ongoing and contentious issues still remain outstanding. The NGOs urged the Commissioner to stop the pressure on Namibia, but to engage positively with the “SADC EPA” countries, and show policy flexibility in addressing the outstanding issues in the negotiations.

Full text of the letter: Namibia NGO letter 100618

Answer: De Gucht reply to NGO letter on Namibia 100712


“EPAs in (times of) crisis”: Presentations and Reports

May 3, 2010

Presentations and reports from the well attended international Seminar “EPAs in (times of) crisis” on 29 April 2010 in Brussels:

Jean-Jacques Grodent (SOS Faim): Les APE nous sauveront-ils des crises alimentaires?

Karin Ulmer (APRODEV): EPAs: Can better safeguards help?

Sanya Reid-Smith (Third World Network): Services, investments and trade-related issues


Invitation: “EPAs in (times of) crisis”

April 15, 2010

invitation et le programme en français: invitation séminaire APE FR

The purpose of the seminar is to take stock of the EPA negotiations and implementation and to assess the EPAs in the light of the global crises.

The seminar will take place at The International Auditorium; Boulevard du Roi Albert II, N° 5/2, B-1210 Brussels on Thursday 29 April 2010 from 9:00 to 17:00.

The following civil organisations are contributing to the organisation of the event (preliminary list): ActionAid, African Trade Network, APRODEV, Africa Groups Sweden, Caribbean Policy Development Centre, ENDA, Forum Syd, ICCO, Oxfam International, Pacific Network on Globalisation, Partnership for Change, SOS Faim, Third World Network Africa, Transnational Institute, Traidcraft, and 11.11.11.

Programm: Read the rest of this entry »


Yash Tandon: “Impose an Embargo on the EPA Talks”

April 14, 2010

In an Interview with IPS, Yash Tadon, Ugandan political economist and former Director of South Center, called for a moratorium on the EPA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »


Ablassé Ouédraogo: Five reasons to suspend EPA negotiations

April 12, 2010

Ablassé Ouédraogo, former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former special advisor to the President of ECOWAS for trade negotiations, explains five reasons to supend EPA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »


Promoting Southern African Solidarity

April 12, 2010

SAPSN STATEMENT, WINDHOEK, 25 MARCH 2010

The Southern African Peoples Solidarity Network (SAPSN) is a regional network embracing a wide range of civil society organizations, labour and social movements from all the countries of the whole Southern African region.

Amongst many concerns common to all the countries and peoples of our region, we also have to deal with the economic and political relations between the governments of our region and the European Union (EU). These have most recently been expressed in their negotiations over so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Read the rest of this entry »


Stop EPA Day 2009 – International press release

September 24, 2009

Activists and campaigners in 30 countries demand turnaround in EPA negotiations

(Brussels, 25 September 2009): Through a collective mass fax and e-mail action, more than 80 organisations in 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Pacific have today called on decision-makers to fundamentally change the course of the ongoing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and ACP countries. The EU approach to these negotiations is the main problem, activists say. Read the rest of this entry »


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