Trade

Action Plan on Trade
Enhanced trade and deeper regional integration are essential contributions todevelopment, economic growth and employment, and ultimately the eradication of poverty. Further efforts shall be made in particular to enhance the African integration agendas, both at the regional and Pan-African levels, and to strengthen African capacities to meet rules, standards and quality requirements which are essential to enable effective access to regional and international markets. Africa has adopted socio-economic and political integration as a key development strategy. The EU and Africa are determined to remove all obstacles to market access.

Early Deliverables for this partnership
There are four activities such as supporting the african integration agenda, implementation of the infrastructure partnership, activties in the fields of rules and standards and in the area of customs, statistical harmonization and regional and cross-border cooperation. Read more ……….

Draft Roadmap for the Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Partnership
The draft for for the implementation of the 1st Action Plan (2008-2010) of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy was presented at the 12th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika in Luxembourg, 28 April 2009. Agreed priority actions on the agenda include:

  • Implementation of the Minimum Integration Programme (MIP)for all Regional Economic Communities in Africa, which was presented at the COMAI IV meeting in May 2009. Read More
  • Financial Support to sub-regional integration in Africa (details available in the draft roadmap)
  • Cross-border cooperation and the AU Border Programme. Read more
  • View the draft roadmap on the Trade partnership (adapted from original document presented at the 12th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika, Luxembourg, 28 April 2009)
  • EU Member States Implementation Teams
    Coordinator of this partnership: European Commission
    EU MS Countries: Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Luxembourg

    AU Member States Implementation Teams
    Leading AU MS Countries (Chef de file): South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal
    Interested AU MS Countries: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Uganda, Gabon, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Togo, Egypt, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire
    Chair of Expert Group: South Africa

    Civil Society Representative
    Caroline Kroeker, Concord
    Per Bo, Concord

    Key Documents

  • Draft roadmap on the Trade partnership (adapted from original document presented at the 12th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika, Luxembourg, 28 April 2009)
  • Information on Aid for Trade
  • COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS, Regional integration for development in ACP countries {SEC(2008) 2538} – pdf
  • Commission Staff Working Paper SEC (2008 ) Aid for Trade monitoring report 2008 (April, 2008 ) – pdf
  • MEMO EU-Africa trade in facts and figures (Feb. 2008 ) – pdf
  • Action Plan on Trade (Dec.2007) – pdf

    Links
    Africa-EU – economic indicators, trade and investment
    by Eurostad

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