Paru le 21/09/2018 | Broché 142 pages
prefaces of Mamadou Cissokho and Ken Ukaoha | translation by Jean Lucien Dibombe Tshamulamba
Did you say Free Trade ?
The headlong rush of the European Union (EU) in Free Trade Agreements reaches the paroxysm of absurdity when it imposes them on West Africa, whose per capita GDP is 21 times lower than its own. This Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) would make West Africa lose 76% of its customs revenue on its imports from the EU and lead to a sharp rise in unemployment due to the loss of competitiveness of its companies including of the informal sectors. Since Nigeria has confirmed that it will not sign the West Africa EPA, the interim EPAs of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana therefore become definitive, which will deconstruct the regional integration process. The latter will be worsened by the premature signing, with support from the EU, of the Continental Free Trade Area by 13 of 16 West African States, all this based on a number of untruths from the European Commission, as identified in this book.
Retired lecturer in economics at ENSAT, Jacques Berthelot analyzes agricultural policies for farmers' organizations, including ROPPA in West Africa, and the NGOs that assist them, such as SOL, which publishes his analyzes(www.solasso.fr). He is a member of the ATTAC Scientific Council.