Analytical Note, June 2012

The EPAs and Risks for Africa: Local Production and Regional Trade.

One of the main contentious issues in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and African countries is the level of trade liberalization which Europe is asking for. This issue is certainly one of the most critical for Africa. At its heart is the question of whether the elimination of tariffs for a majority of tariff lines in the EPAs will destroy local industries and their productive capacities as well as the extent to which regional trade may be disrupted.

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