Commission to Authority: Shifting the African Union balance of power

Volume
8,
Number
2
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3 March 2009
3 March 2009
The long-standing debate on the creation of a Union Government in Africa, spearheaded by the Libyan leader Moammar Qadaffi, seems to have been given an impetus by the African Union (AU): the AU replaced its executing agency, the AU Commission, with an “Authority,” during its latest Summit of Heads...
3 March 2009
Over the past month, EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton has travelled from London to South Africa, speaking about flexibility and offering optimism for the EPA negotiations. While her rhetoric has provided hope, many negotiators are wondering how long it will take to transform discourse into...
3 March 2009
South-south trade to help reduce intensity of financial crisis Considering how south-south economic co-operation can help reduce the negative impacts of the global financial crisis on developing economies was the focus of discussions among developing country financial experts and government...
3 March 2009
The European Union is keen for ACP countries to improve their governance. It has extended the limited co-operation under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement to cover an ambitious agenda including human rights, democracy, and public financial management. (1) There is even evidence that progress...
3 March 2009
‘History in the making’: a phrase billowed throughout the streets of Washington, D.C. as 2 million visitors descended on the US capitol on 20 January 2009 for the Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. As the first African-American elected into the nation’s highest office, President Obama has...
3 March 2009
A negotiating session on the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and Central Africa has been underway in Libreville, Gabon since 2 February 2009. This meeting has provided both parties the opportunity to resolve points of disagreement that are delaying the signing of an EPA...
3 March 2009
The global context of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the five regions involved has changed in unforeseen ways over the last few months. Now, the economic crisis threatens to jeopardise world trade, particularly in the temptation to seek...
3 March 2009
The General Exceptions of the EPAs do not preserve the achievements made by African and other developing countries in the WTO on commodities, they contravene the G-77 position, and they serve to undermine the December 2008 modalities. As such, ACP states are advised to demand modification of the...
3 March 2009
In the East African Community (EAC) countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda,Tanzania and Uganda), the services sector has become an increasingly important contribution to economic growth and, specifically, to poverty eradication programmes through employment generation, remittances from abroad, and...
3 March 2009
WTO seeks to limit protectionism during economic downturn The WTO is set to begin monitoring trade policies introduced by governments struggling to cope with the worldwide economic crisis, amidst growing concern that tit-for-tat protectionism could deepen what is already the worst downturn in...
3 March 2009
ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly debates draft report on EPAs Debate over a draft report on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and their potential impact on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states (1) ensued at the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly’s (JPA) Economic...
3 March 2009
Council draft decision concluding the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d’Ivoire and the European Community and its Member States , Council of the European Union, 10 February 2009, www.register.concilium.europa.eu Resolution on the development impact of Economic Partnership...