Economic Partnership Agreement Projects

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has implemented the support programme aimed at strengthening the framework of the EU-Africa Cotton Partnership, which aims to sustainably improve the competitiveness, value-added and sustainability of African cotton value chains. ITC`s approach focuses on two main areas: supporting and developing established initiatives to build capacity with Asian mills and transforming into long-term partnerships; In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the project organized a series of visits and workshops. Click here to download the AFRICAN COTTON PROMOTION ReportFor more information, please contact Matthias Knappe On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ supports awareness, monitoring and measurement of results and encourages dialogue on economic partnership agreements. The project is part of the priority area of the BMZ, which focuses on international cooperation with the regions for sustainable development (RCI). Regional organisations, Member States, businesses and civil society are implementing economic partnership agreements with the European Union in the interest of sustainable development. Because of the WTO`s persistent incompatibility with previous agreements, the main feature of EPAs is their reciprocity and non-discriminatory nature. These include the phasing out of all trade preferences introduced between the EU and ACP countries since 1975 and the phasing out of trade barriers between partners. To meet the test for a non-discriminatory agreement, EPAs are open to all developing countries, thus ending the ACP group as the EU`s main development partner. In Fiji, two projects have been funded by the European Union, the Sugar Protocol Support Measures (AMSP) programme to support the development of the supply and marketing of plant and animal products in order to attract new businesses: improving key services for agriculture (2012-2016) and improving key services for animal and animal products (2013-2016).

Companies and farmers supported by projects should benefit from higher annual incomes through more efficient market farming techniques, better supply organization, access to support services, market information and financing. Through these projects, ITC has helped create and strengthen the secretariat of the Fijian Council of Crop and Livestock (FCLC). The FCLC represents farmers and food processors, represents farmers` problems vis-à-vis policy makers, provides market information to farmers, advises trade unions and coordinates technical assistance projects in agriculture. Click here to download the Fiji Project brochureFor more information, please contact Ian Sayers When the Lomé Convention expires, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries were negotiating with the European Union (EU) on new partnerships that would ensure continued preferential market access.