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Why Free Trade Agreements with EU will hurt African countries

EPAs Are Not a Panacea for Africa’s Economic and Social Crises; They Rather Deepen Them.
By Fekadu Bekele (Ph D)
Since 2002 the EU, African countries and including the Caribbean states have been conducting negotiations to reach Economic Partnership Agreements(EPAs) that might give opportunities for these states to get access for their products into the EU market. In turn the EU wants to get a free access to the African market. The negotiation has taken too long because of the nature and complexity of the issue and at the same time because of the intriguing approaches of the EU to make any kind of deal that favours more its own companies rather than bringing any tangible results that ransform the African society in general, and the economy in particular.
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