GMF releases book on the future of EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements
At a launch event in Brussels on November 19, GMF released an electronic book publication on the future of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), titled Updating Economic Partnership Agreements to Today's Global Challenges. The book, edited by Emily Jones (University of Oxford), and Darlan F. Marti (UNCTAD), features a compilation of essays authored by various high-ranking government officials and senior experts on EPA negotiations. In their essays, authors take stock of negotiations of EPAs between the European Union and a large number of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states, and make recommendations for the improvement of the agreements.
The event commenced with a keynote speech given by the European Commission's DG TRADE Director General David O'Sullivan. Following Mr. O'Sullivan's speech, Darlan F. Marti provided an overview of the publication's content, outlining the diverse positions expressed by the authors in their respective essays. Subsequently, Sanoussi Bilal (ECDPM) presented his essay contribution to the book, which enumerates some of the "contentious issues" in the interim EPAs, and comments on complications in reconciling EPAs with regional integration initiatives as well as with development finance. The presentations were commented by Junior Lodge (CARICOM Secretariat), who served as a negotiator of the CARIFORUM EPA between the Caribbean states and the European Union.
The following authors have contributed to the publication: Emily Jones (Oxford University) and Darlan F. Marti (UNCTAD), Katrin A. Kuhlmann (GMF), Patrick Messerlin (GEM, Sciences Po Paris), Christian Haeberli (WTI), Sanoussi Bilal (ECDPM), Bert Koenders (Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Joao Aguiar Machado (European Commission, DG TRADE), Xavier Carim (Government of the Republic of South Africa), Jean Noel Francois (African Union Commission), Ablassé Ouedraogo (WAEMU Commission for EPA negotiations), Christopher Stevens (ODI), David Laborde Debucquet (IFPRI), Pierre Sauvé (WTI) and Denis Audet, Stephen Karekezi, John Kimani and Oscar Onguru (all AFREPREN), Ruth L. Okediji (University of Minnesota), Xavier Cirera (University of Sussex), and Eckart Naumann (TRALAC).