Regional Dialogue on EPA Negotiations and Economic Development

CUTS Africa Resource Centre (CUTS ARC), Lusaka hosted a regional workshop on the ‘Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Negotiations and Economic Development in Eastern and Southern Africa’, in Lusaka, Zambia during October 19-21, 2006.
The objectives of the dialogue were to:

  • discuss and identify the development component of the EPAs;
  • address the issue of coherence with national and regional development plans/strategies;
  • asses the framework, content and process issues for reviewing EPA negotiations; and
  • provide stakeholder inputs into the existing Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC)-EPA negotiation framework.

Participants included a wide range of stakeholders from civil society, policy makers and private sector from 15 countries in the Eastern and Southern region.