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EPAs can be a boon for Africa if crafted properly, International Trade Centre’s Gonzalez says
Bilateral SSAfrica

EPAs can be a boon for Africa if crafted properly, International Trade Centre’s Gonzalez says

Last week, 18 West African countries inked the first  Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Four more EPAs are expected to be signed in Africa. The negotiations process was long and the EU has been criticised for not handling African’s sensitivities properly.   In an interview with Borderlex’s …

Blog: Western African EPA – painful birth
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Blog: Western African EPA – painful birth

The first full regional Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and sub-Saharan Africa is set to come into force, as sixteen West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo),  decided last week to implement an agreement …

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round
Non classé Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round

[sh_light_text ]High-level officials from the European Union (EU), Ukraine and Russia are holding a ‘trilateral’ meeting in Brussels today. They plan to address Russia’s commercial concerns about the impact the free trade deal (DCFTA) Brussels and Kiev signed in late June might have on its trade with Ukraine. Ukraine and …

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU ban on Crimean goods ahead of free trade accord won’t crimp Ukrainian exports

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s (EU) Council decision on Monday to exclude the annexed peninsula Crimea from trade benefits granted to Ukraine probably won’t significantly affect the country’s exports to Europe. The greater threat stems from instability in eastern Ukraine, which is part of the country’s industrial heartland. Brussels and Kiev are expected …

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EU’s globalised textile industry wary of “labyrinth” of trade rules in bloc’s bilateral free trade deals

Europe’s textile industry gave a luke-warm assessment of the EU’s current trade strategy centered on negotiating preferential bilateral free trade agreements (FTA). At a recent gathering in Brussels, industry representatives welcomed ongoing efforts by the EU to open markets abroad. But the cost of complying with new FTA’s rules is seen as …

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels
Bilateral Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Doubts, ambivalence and slack – Ukraine’s free trade deal with Brussels

[sh_light_text ]Kiev and Brussels are adamant both parties will soon sign their long-planned Association Agreement. Yet President-elect Petro Poroshenko sowed confusion early last week when he asked for some extra time before putting down his signature. Kiev’s ensuing reassurances hardly mask the fact that questions linger regarding the real benefits …