Awareness: GIZ and their partners strengthen the knowledge and skills of the private sector and civil society to exploit the potential of economic partnership agreements and minimize risks, for example through export support measures tailored to the specific needs of different regions. The Economic Partnership Agreements are a system for creating a free trade area between the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). This is a response to persistent criticism that the EU`s proposed non-reciprocal and discriminatory preferential trade agreements are incompatible with WTO rules. The EPAs date back to the signing of the Cotonou Agreement. EPAs with different regions are in different playing conditions. In 2016, the EPAs were to be signed with three regional economic communities in Africa (East African Community, Economic Community of West African States and Southern African Development Community), but these faced challenges. [1] BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 28 October, CMC – The Steering Committees of the Single Market Economy Caricom (CSME) and the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Pact (CEPOL) are examining proposals for eight funding projects. The two-day meeting, which begins here on Tuesday, will take place at the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The steering committees are made up of representatives of the European Commission, the… The WAEMU Trade Competitiveness and Regional Integration Support Project (PACCIR / UEMOA) is a two-phase project.

The first phase of the PACCIR, funded by the EU and with a total duration of 18 months (2017-2019), has the general objective of promoting trade and facilitating intra-regional and inter-regional trade with a view to the accelerated and sustainable integration of West African countries into the global economy. Key activities include: – strengthening the WAEMU trade monitoring mechanism, including the development of the WAEMU Trade Monitoring Report 2016 and 2017 with the WAEMU Commission; including on regional integration, trade facilitation agreements (EPAs) and economic partnership agreements (EPAs) through the creation of a regional trade facilitation committee (RTFC). Develop a competitive economic intelligence service and e-commerce platform; Develop a competitive economic intelligence service and e-commerce platform; Increase transparency in the electronic exchange of the WAEMU Certificate of Origin; The development of a competitive economic intelligence service and an e-commerce platform; Strengthening the electronic exchange of the WAEMU Certificate of Origin through its digitization; Increased transparency in the electronic exchange of the WAEMU Certificate of Origin; The development of a competitive economic intelligence service and e-commerce platform; Increased transparency in the electronic exchange of the WAEMU Certificate of Origin; The development of a competitive economic information service – Development of a study on the implementation of regional food exchange and the implementation of a barcode system in the region; please contact Mr Bechmann bechmann@intracen.orgOr visit the project page www.intracen.org/PACCIR-UEMOA/A-propos-du-PACCIR-UEMOA/ The establishment of a reciprocal trade agreement puts the EU in front of the question of how to reconcile the special status of the ACP group with the commitments of the EU in mind