For example, African Heads of State and Government should insist that the new trade policy, unlike the limited access provided by the current EU-Africa EPAs, give 100% duty-free access to the UK market (FSD). It should destroy non-execution clauses that undermine countries` sovereignty by allowing partners to suspend their trade obligations when they believe that an African country has violated democratic principles or the rule of law, even if such acts do not directly violate trade agreements. Heads of State and Government should fight to reduce the duration of the rendezvous clauses, which are temporary commitments to renegotiate certain provisions of the agreement at a later date. The COVID-19 crisis could also mean the need to review previous trade modalities for food and healthcare in order to integrate appropriate biosecurity agreements with COVID-compliant sanitary and phytosanitary measures. . . .
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