Confirmed: Ghana to sign the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreement

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Ghana would join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to sign the Economic Partnership  Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

A source close to Government has told Joy Business  this has been influenced by the threat to Ghana’s exports to the EU if it does not  sign  the trade agreement.

The source also argues government is taking this position because,  ECOWAS has decided to sign the full  pact. Ghana had indicated it will support the position of ECOWAS on the EPAs but Nigeria disagrees.

ECOWAS members are expected to converge this month to finalize the agreement after the regional body failed to reach a consensus on the deal during its meeting in Ivory Coast in April.

Meanwhile, some African Trade ministers are reported to have kicked against the signing of the EPAs, which they say would impact negatively on the continent’s effort towards industrialization and job creation.

The ministers said this during the Extra-ordinary Session of the Conference of African Union Ministers of Trade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend.

The meeting was convened to discuss Africa’s common position ahead of the October 1, 2014 deadline for signing of the EPA with the EU; the establishment of the Common Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2015; extension of Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the American Government for 15 more years; and Africa’s strategic response to World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, among others.

According to the European Union, Ghana has until October  1, 2014 to  sign the pact or would have to pay tariffs on every exports from Ghana to Europe.  According to the UN  Economic commission, Ghana  could  lose about 300 million dollars in revenue if it signs the EPA.

The Economic Partnership Agreement allows  Ghana have 100 percent access to the European Market except for rice and sugar, while EU counties will have 75 percent access to the Ghanaian market duty free and quota free.

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