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Horse trading? EU-African Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

Dirk Kohnert

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: EU- Africa Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are on the brink. In February 2014 West African leaders agreed in principle to conclude an agreement. However, last-minute objections of the heavy-weight Nigeria which wants to protect its infant industries as well as promising trade relations with new global players are likely to prevent the deal. Whether the ECOWAS EPA in its current form would really create a win-win situation for both partners as asserted by the EU is open to question. Scholarly evaluation of the EPAs reveal double-talk and significant barriers to a sustainable development of African economies. The growing preparedness of African states to challenge EU mercantile interest has been effectively backed by agitation of civil society organisations.

Keywords: international trade; liberalization; West Africa; ECOWAS; EU; EPA; development; regional integration; civic agency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F53 F54 F60 N17 N97 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-06-20, Revised 2014-07-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-int and nep-pke
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