Building Consensus

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Trade Negotiations and Pro-poor Services Reforms: The West African EPA  

Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra
5 - 7 February 2009

The International Lawyers and Economists against Poverty (ILEAP) in conjunction with the Commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) convened the meeting: ‘Trade Negotiations and Pro-poor Services Reforms: The West African EPA’ at the Coconut Grove hotel in Accra, Ghana from 5th to 7th February 2009. The meeting was attended by around 45 participants who were mostly government negotiators from the West African countries responsible for the EPA negotiations. The workshop was designed to review the progress of EPA trade in services and investment negotiations, informed by analytical work and the views of the various regional stakeholders from the private and public sectors, and provide a set of recommendations for ensuring pro-poor outcomes from the EPA. Specifically the workshop sought to:

  • Better appreciate the state of play of the EPAs and the associated opportunities and challenges ahead;
  • Enhance involvement of stakeholders, particularly the private sector and consumer associations;
  • Review the rules embedded in a possible EPA legal text;
  • Identify a possible ECOWAS request for services liberalisation in the context of the EPA and GATS negotiations

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Final Report