Development concerns remain over EPAs, as Pacific ACP representatives

05 DECEMBER 2008 – PORT VILA (Pacnews)
Pacific representatives from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have reiterated their concern over the implications for development in signing trade deals with the European Union (EU).

Radio New Zealand International reports the concerns were expressed at talks this week between EU parliamentarians and their ACP counterparts in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila. Pacific countries have called on the EU to confirm their development aid commitments before they sign Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

They have not agreed to a time frame when to sign the agreement because there are pressing issues that still need to be clarified, for example they feel that the EU has to define the word development – especially in countries where there is not much development  ACP secretary-general Sir John Kaputin concerns was that member countries need to really understand what it all means and was hoping that the agreement is going to be signed later on this year…..PNS (ENDS)