CTA is co-organising upon request of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat a side event in Geneva, on 11th July 2017 from 13.00-14.30 at the WTO Aid For Trade Conference in partnership with the Trade.Com programme and Coleacp and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
This roundtable on “The inclusiveness and connectivity dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation” will discuss the development and trade opportunities for ACP countries to pursue greater and inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation; the policy and support interventions required for ACP countries to exploit Intra-ACP Connectivity and Inclusive Trade; the EU priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and Member States' Aid for Trade Strategy; and how the European External Investment Plan provides new prospects for an enhanced EU-ACP cooperation.
The structured EU–ACP trade and development cooperation arrangements has contributed to trade growth and development in the partner countries, by:
- Enhancing the Productivity Agenda for industrialisation, trade expansion, diversification, and effective integration into the global economy;
- Addressing effectively the key determinants of trade competitiveness and connectivity;
- Promoting macroeconomic policies for inclusive growth, value addition and trade expansion; and
- Harnessing the blue economy.
ACP countries’ greater integration into the EU and the global economy remains one of the key objectives. This provides greater impetus to the ACPs' sustained export expansion, effective penetration into the regional and global value chains, sustainable development, and effective negotiation of multilateral and regional trade agreements and implementation of these agreements for their benefit.
The update of the EU Aid for Trade Strategy aims precisely at enhancing the effectiveness and impact of Aid for Trade by linking it to investment and trade drivers such as the External Investment Plan and new Free Trade Agreements, and by addressing new realities of international trade.
Going forward, political commitment will be required to translate these trade and cooperation agendas into sound policy and modalities for effective implementation of the aid-for-trade commitments. As the ACP-EU partnerships demonstrate the huge gains attainable, ACP countries would, with the continued structured partnership with the European Union, endeavour to accelerate the pace of integration into the regional and global economies.
Panel discussion: In Pursuit of Greater and Inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Co-operation
Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General Secretariat, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States or Axel Pougin de la Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, Private Sector and Trade-Directorate General for International cooperation and Development, European Commission (tbc)
Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States ACP-EU Value Chains and Inclusive Connectivity
Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Tree in Ghana
Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council
In Pursuit of Enhanced and Inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation
HE Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Head of the Mission of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the European Union, Co-President of ACP-EC Trade & Commodities Sub-Committee
ACP-EU Value Chains and Inclusive Connectivity
Ms Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Tree in Ghana
Mrs Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council
Intra-ACP Quality Infrastructure Connectivity in Pursuit of Sustained CompetitivenessDr Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)
In Pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and Member States' Aid for Trade Strategy
Mr Axel Pougin De La Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, Private Sector and Trade--EC’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.
The Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 looks at the theme of "Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development". By addressing the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints of developing, and in particular least developed countries, Aid for Trade can help promote trade, inclusiveness and sustainable development – and so advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A particular focus will be placed on women's economic empowerment.
Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and CEO of the Kenya Horticultural Council