GHANA GOV’T SET TO BOW TO EU BULLY IN JULY
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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.
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-
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.
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The vision foresees Africa moving away from being a source of unprocessed minerals, towards the production of value-
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