In 2016, the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) concluded by the European Union (EU) with three African regions, i.e. EAC, ECOWAS, and SADC, should be signed. The conclusion of these negotiations in 2014 can be seen an achievement in itself, but the implementation of the EPAs is facing serious challenges. Instruments have to be identified to ensure that EPAs fulfil their various objectives, namely supporting the regional integration processes, or increasing ACP exports and contributing to sustainable investment and employment opportunities through making use of the duty-free quota-free access to the European market. Aid for Trade is foreseen to support EPA implementation and is necessary to support limited implementation capacities in all regions. Monitoring has to be well designed and can be instrumental in ensuring effective implementation. Some lessons can be drawn from the implementation experience in the Caribbean region so far, where the CARIFORUM-EU EPA has been in place since 2008.
SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) and ECDPM (European Centre for Development Policy Management) kindly invite you to an interactive session to discuss the challenges of EPA implementation and to join us afterwards for a drink.
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16h00 Welcome and introduction by Dusan Reljic (SWP)
16h05 Presentation on Lessons from Caribbean EPA by Dr Evita Schmieg (SWP)16h20 Panel: H.E. Lehn Ismael, Ambassador East Caribbean States; Remco Vahl, Deputy Head of Unit EPAs, DG Trade; H.E. H. Dillum, Ambassador of Mauritius. Chair: Dr San Bilal (ECDPM)
16h20 Panel: H.E. Lehn Ismael, Ambassador East Caribbean States; Remco Vahl, Deputy Head of Unit EPAs, DG Trade; H.E. H. Dillum, Ambassador of Mauritius. Chair: Dr San Bilal (ECDPM)
17h00 Open Discussion
The report of Dr Schmieg can be found on SWP’s website.
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