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Economic Partnership Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: Challenges for the Southern African Development Community Region

"The signing of the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by the European Community (EC) and Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries covering a wide range of issues, including intellectual property (IP) provisions, has the potential to …

Africa's Challenges in International Trade and Regional Integration: What Role for Europe?

"The challenges that Africa faces in trade and regional integration are legion, and well documented. In this brief we attempt to summarise them against the backdrop of Africa’s broad development priorities. We then explore the ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ …

Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries: What is at Stake for Senegal?

"In recent years the European Union has sought to transform its trading regime with the ACP countries by advocating reciprocal free trade agreements with them through Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). As a result, the EPA talks were launched i…

Implications of an EPA for Kenya's Agricultural Market Access in the European Union

This report commissioned by the IEA, evaluates implications of agricultural market access with the EU under the EPAs as well as the possible compensation mechanisms should there be losses from the EPA. In the light of the findings from the study, th…

The Impact of Economic Partnership Agreements between ECOWAS and the EU on Niger

The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact on Niger of the trade component of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union. The study used a partial equ…

The SADC EPA: How can the Agreement Contribute to Lesotho's Agriculture and Agro-processing Sector Development?

The EU–SADC economic partnership agreement (EPA) came into force in October 2016 and offers Lesotho a number of tariff preferences above competitor countries in the EU market. These preferences become more significant the more processed a product is…

The New Frontier for the EU-Africa Relationship and its Relevance for Southern Africa

In late 2020 the relationship between the European Union (EU) and Africa had reached a frontier and the next phase in the relationship was very unclear. A nexus of factors, including historical events and circumstances, provide the context in which …

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