To sign or not to sign? The Caribbean dilemma

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8 October 2008
8 October 2008
As the CARIFORUM members are getting ready to sign a comprehensive EPA with the European Union, two countries, Haïti and Guyana, are having last minute reservations. Haïti has concerns related to its liberalisation schedule, regional preferences towards the Dominican Republic and the availability...
8 October 2008
The massive global financial crisis affecting rich countries has dominated news headlines in recent weeks. Stock markets continue to tumble while banks seem to collapse on an almost daily basis. The latest attempt to tackle the crisis includes a controversial $700 billion bail-out plan from the US...
8 October 2008
The recent decision by 13 out of the 15 CARIFORUM countries to sign the already initialled CARIFORUM-EU EPA marked the culmination of a long process of negotiations, extensive consultations with all stakeholders - both during and after the negotiations - and a review by each government of the...
8 October 2008
The current debate on the merits and drawbacks of signing the already initialled EPA between the European Commission and CARIFORUM has dominated headlines in the Caribbean media and beyond. From trade negotiators and civil society organisations to trade law specialists and ACP-EU offi cials, the...
8 October 2008
A pile of tyres burn in the middle of the dirt road. Thick, oily smoke climbs into the air of a run-down African city. An angry mob punch their clenched-fists towards the sky. Africa has seen its fair share of revolutions come and go; but this is different. This is a scene that has been repeated...
8 October 2008
The doubling of international food prices in the past fi ve years has hit African economies and societies harder than most. Even before price hikes made headline news, several high-level initiatives and reports were issued on the need to reverse 25 years of neglect of agriculture by both donors and...
8 October 2008
After several years of negotiations with the European Commission a number of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries initialled Economic Partnership Agreements and interim texts (IEPAs) at the end 2007. The talks were carried out under the terms of the Cotonou Agreement, which seeks to...
8 October 2008
WTO members almost reached an agreement on the liberalisation of agricultural and industrial trade during a Mini-ministerial in Geneva at the end of July. At that same meeting, a deal was struck regarding the EU banana import regime known as the Geneva Agreement on Trade in Bananas. However,...
8 October 2008
The EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement (hereafter Cotonou) was signed in 2000 for a period of 20 years, with revisions allowed every five years. Such a regular update is needed to keep the Agreement relevant in a rapidly changing international and ACP-EU context. And this is exactly what happened...
8 October 2008
G7 fails to find consensus on SSM Senior officials from seven major trading powers have failed this month in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out their differences on an agricultural safeguard mechanism for developing countries, a controversial trade tool that triggered the collapse of world trade...
8 October 2008
If the mouse eats the elephant won’t starve African, Caribbean and Pacfic (ACP) and commodities expert, Paul Goodison, argued in September that the changes necessary to ensure that the texts of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are not harmful to the ACP and would have only a small impact...
8 October 2008
Proposal for a Council Decision concluding the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one part, and the SADC EPA States, on the other part, Proposal by the European Commission, September 18 2008, http://eur-lex.europa.eu European...