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Economic Community Of West African States

AGI divided over EPAs
Members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) are divided over whether the government should join other West African states to sign onto the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Ukraine wishes to form free trade zones with Canada, Turkey, Israel, West Africa
The government of Ukraine intends to launch free trade negotiations with Canada, Turkey, Israel, the Gulf States, West Africa and some other countries, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
EPA will not benefit Ghana – Adwoa Safo
Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has warned that Ghana risks losing its manufacturing sector if it goes ahead to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Guide to the world’s biggest free trade deal – the economic partnership agreements between the EU and Africa
ECDPM has released a ‘Frequently asked questions’ guide to the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and Africa.
West Africa: New pact aims to expand trade between US, West Africa
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United States have signed a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA), usually a precursor to a US FTA.
TUC condemns “inimical” EPA; prays Parliament rejects it
The Trades Union Congress is indicating to the Parliament of Ghana not to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement reached between ECOWAS and European Union.
EJN condemns EPA
The Economic Justice Network of Ghana unequivocally condemns the decision of the West African leaders to approve the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
ECOWAS leaders approve Economic Partnership Agreement with EU
The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government have approved the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU.
West Africa and Europe trade: Who will benefit more?
ECOWAS leaders agreed in principle to the trade agreement but put it off until concerns raised by the regional heavyweight, Nigeria, were addressed before a final decision can be taken. Analysis from TWN Africa’s Sylvester Bagooro.
Nigerian lawmakers consider EU’s economic partnership proposal
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has invited the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to brief it on details of the EU’s proposed Economic Partnership Agreement and present the worst case scenario should Nigeria refuse to sign it.
Revise EPA before signing – Trade minister
Ghanian stakeholders at a public forum on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have called for urgent steps to revise aspects of the agreement before it is signed.
Why Nigeria scuttled the EU-ECOWAS trade deal
The federal government has stated that it declined endorsing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union because acting otherwise would have been inimical to the advancement of the varied growth policies currently being implemented by the government.
West Africa: Ecowas postpones signing EU trade deal
"We believe it needs further scrutiny," announced President Yahya Jammeh, referring to the issue of signing an Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated by ECOWAS with the European Union.
Ghana: Don’t sign Economic Partnership Agreement - Coalition urges gov’t
A coalition of civil society organisations, farmer-based groups, religious organisations and labour unions have asked President John Mahama to show commitment to encouraging the productive capacity of Ghanaians by not signing the Economic Partnership Agreement.
US back ECOWAS’ efforts to attain borderless trade status
Countries in the West African sub-region were yesterday reassured of the support of the United States in their quest to establishing a borderless trade environment in the ECOWAS region.
Senegal: Regional ministers endorse compromises for EPA negotiations
West Africa’s ministers of finance and trade have adopted the compromise proposals for concluding the decade-long negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union for a free trade area of the two regions.
EJN cautions ECOWAS over EPA
After over 10 years of objecting to demands by the European Union in the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations, ECOWAS, last week, suddenly reversed its position and made serious and incomprehensible concessions to the EU.
EU seals free trade deal with West Africa
Negotiators from West Africa and the EU have put pen to paper on a €42 billion-a-year free trade deal after 10 years of haggling, but ongoing talks with East African states remain mired in fine print.
ECOWAS, EU to resume negotiations on economic partnership agreement
The EU wants the West African region to open up 80 per cent of its market