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Ghana will sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement by the end of the first week of July, Nyame Baafi, Director of Bilateral and Multilateral Trade Negotiations at the country’s Ministry of Trade and Industry told a European Union Commission delegation in Accra on Wednesday.

Baafi made the disclosure at a roundtable organised by the European Union Mission in Ghana.

The high-powered delegation led by the EU Commission’s acting director-general of trade, Sandra Gallina was on a three-day blitz to pressure the Ghana government, lobby Parliament and non-state actors including the business community and CSOs, to assent the EPA.

Public pressure on government to reject the EPA is growing with a number of mass membership organisations such as the Christian Council of Ghana, Association of Ghana Industries, Trades Union Congress and the Economic Justice Network urging government to kick against the agreement in its current form.

On June 2, the head of the EU delegation in Ghana hosted senior government officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and MPs to a dinner at his residence.

On June 3, the delegation held a workshop for about 90 members of Ghana’s Parliament. The June 4 roundtable at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra was part of a three-day outreach programme put together by the European Union Mission in Ghana in which the Ministry of Trade and Industry was co-opted as co-convenor.

A letter inviting a select group of institutions defined the objective of the roundtable as an event “to give a detailed presentation of the outcomes of the negotiations at the regional level and to clarify interim arrangements required to keep the market access to the EU, in order to allow a swift transition for Ghana towards the regional EPA.”

EU Commission’s lobby of Ghana’s MPs is significant for its agenda because even when the government signs the EPA, the country’s law makers will have to ratify it before it can come into force.

The roots of inequality: Mining profits soar, but Africans are still poor

In 2009, African heads of state adopted the African Mining Vision. Its key objective is the transformation of Africa’s mining sector into a catalyst of broad-based growth and development and a key component of a diversified, vibrant and globally competitive, industrializing African economy.

The vision foresees Africa moving away from being a source of unprocessed minerals, towards the production of value-added goods from its mineral resources. It also recognizes that the governance of Africa’s mining sector must improve. It must become more environmentally friendly, more inclusive in sharing its benefits, more socially responsible and be accepted by surrounding communities. The African Mining Vision also calls for an increased share of mineral revenues for African countries. In short, the African Mining Vision offers a more equitable future of economic relations between Africa and the rest of the world.It is Africa’s response to the disappointing developmental outcomes of two decades of mineral policy. From the late 1980s, amidst economic crisis, faced with low mineral prices, and under the heavy influence of western aid agencies, African countries liberalized their mining sectors. State mining companies were privatized


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