Press Notice 45, Session 03-04

Fair trade? The European Union’s trade agreements with the African, Caribbean and Pacific states

The International Development Committee has agreed to hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 30 November 2004 (Palace of Westminster, Room No. to be confirmed) on the trade options available to the ACP states after 2008 under the Cotonou Agreement. The Committee is pleased to announce that the following evidence session has been arranged:

Time

Witnesses

At 2:30 pm

Ms Dianna Melrose, Head, International Trade Department, Department for International Development;
Ms Amanda Brooks, Director, Trade Negotiations and Development, Department of Trade and Industry

At approximately 3.15 p.m.

Dr Christopher Stevens, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex;
Dr Tetteh Hormeku, Programme Director, Third World, Network Africa, Accra, and coordinator of the African Trade Network;
Ms Jane Nalunga, Country Director, Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda;
Mr Matthew Griffith, Trade Policy Analyst, CAFOD; and
Mr Michael Gidney, Director of Policy, Traidcraft

The evidence session will address the following key questions:

1. What options are available for ACP states under the Cotonou Agreement? Are regional Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) the most suitable developmental tool for all ACP states? What are the alternatives?

2. What are the implications for the ACP states of including the ‘new issues’ of investment, competition, government procurement and trade facilitation in the EPAs?

3. The extent to which rules of origin discourage some LDCs from using the Everything But Arms agreement and membership of an EPA will compel them to open their markets to the EU, what options are available to such states?

4. After the WTO ruling against the EU sugar regime what can be done to help those ACP states heavily dependent on preferential access to the EU market?

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Detailed enquiries to Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist, on [email protected] or 020 7219 2738.

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Further Information

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Mr John Bercow (Conservative), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), and Tony Worthington (Labour).

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