Ghana and European Union holds inception meeting on interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA)
25/01/2018 - 17:26
The first meeting of the EPA Committee under the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) between Ghana and the EU was held in Accra, Ghana on 24 January 2018.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Ghana's Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, ECOWAS , EU member states and some private sector organisations.
The EPA provides duty-free and quota-free access to all Ghana's exports, agricultural or manufactured, to the EU market, while Ghana will gradually and partially liberalize imports from the EU. As such, the EPA will protect existing jobs in the export sector and aims at bringing more investment to Ghana and to create new jobs.
During the meeting, the Parties reaffirmed their commitment to the iEPA as a mechanism for dialogue and partnership, as well as a tool to boost trade and investment and foster development.
Ambassador William Hanna, Head of the EU in Ghana and Ghana's Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Robert Ahumka-Lindsay both delivered speeches at the opening of the meetiing.
A joint communique was issued after the meeting (Attached).
Also attached is the Speech delivered by the EU Ambassdor.