Primer on EPAs

The widespread proliferation of FTAs in the past decade has resulted in decentralized neoliberal attacks in the different global regions that effectively undercut workers rights and displaced peasant communities and national minority groups from their lands.

This strategy is applied by the European Union with the African Caribbean and Pacific countries through the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Under the EPAs, African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries will implement commitments way beyond what they already have agreed to in the WTO. These agreements threaten people’s rights in the region. It must be made clear that these EPAs will not address the long-standing demand for a global trade and economic order that responds to people’s needs, not to corporate elites.


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