|Why Namibia shouldn’t sign the interim EPA|
|Written by Wallie Roux|
|Wednesday, 04 November 2009 16:54|
The Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and local civil society organisations are united in their support of the government’s reluctance to sign an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). *Wallie Roux tells Pambazuka News why he thinks Namibia is right to be wary of the agreement.
Recent reports in the media with regards to Namibia’s so-called ‘reluctance’ to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) have elevated the issue to a level that once again necessitates public debate on the merits of such a step.
These reports were sparked by the spate of remarks by the minister of trade and industry, Dr Hage Geingob, on why Namibia has not yet signed the interim EPA.
Several local CSOs came out in support of the government’s stance not to sign the interim EPA at this stage and voiced their concerns about the latest developments that brought about a discord between the Southern African EPA participants. This has specific reference to the necessity of preserving the integrity of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).
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