Africa’s trade agreements with the EU ‘skewed’
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Germany is calling for the renegotiation of some of the European Union’s trade agreements with Africa, terming them unfair. Some African countries have been calling for a review of these agreements, which they term as skewed to promote EU interests on the continent.
Speaking at an event for non-governmental organisations in Hamburg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that some of the trade contracts between the EU and Africa were “not right.” “We’ll speak again at the EU Africa Summit in November about how we need to renegotiate them,” Chancellor Merkel said, as she sought to drum up global support for African development. She was hosting African leaders on June 19, ahead of next month’s Group of 20 Summit.
African governments and NGOs have said that some of the trade contracts between the EU and Africa do not support development but rather increase hardship on the continent.
Tanzania has called for renegotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that the EAC signed with the EU, terming it skewed and exploitative. The region’s EPA negotiations hit a deadlock after Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi refused to sign it. Kenya and Rwanda have signed and ratified the EPA, but being a Single Customs Territory, the other EAC members must assent to the agreement to make it enforceable.