Caribbean Political Economy

EU in Crisis: analysis, resistance and alternatives to Corporate Europe, CEO

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The EU’s response to the financial crisis and the escalating eurocrisis has exposed more clearly than ever the disastrous dominance of neoliberal ideology. Obsessed with budgetary discipline, EU decision-makers are imposing sweeping austerity measures, privatising public services and cutting welfare…(but) There are encouraging signs of resistance. The indignados and occupy movements, union strikes and demonstrations, mark a growing rejection of the EU’s free-market fundamentalism..

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Africans to Europeans: ‘EPAs will make the crisis worse’ – IPS

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At the beginning of March, political and labour union representatives from six African countries on a visit to five European capitals in March 2009 have told their hosts that ‘in Africa, the economic and financial crisis has already turned into a food crisis, and EPAs will make it worse..’

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European Parliament resolution on development impact of EPAs

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The Resolution of 5 February 2009 states that EPAs should incorporate a 5-year revision clause and stronger monitoring and evaluation provisions.

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Lessons of the EPA, Norman Girvan

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Keynote Address at CPDC/FITUN Caribbean Regional Forum, UWI Campus, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, June 12, 2008 (Revised)

From before the EPAs were initialled a great deal of concern had been expressed that ACP countries were being the agreements being negotiated fell far short of the satisfying the Cotonou mandate to support sustainable development and regional integration. The view commonly expressed was that ACP countries were being, in effect, coerced by the EC into signing agreements to meet an artificially imposed deadline; and that these agreements that had much more to do with the EC’s global trade agenda than with the interests of ACP countries...

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Legal Issues in the EPA, Norman Girvan

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Presentation at Public Forum held at the Norman Manley Law School, UWI Mona Campus, May 2, 2008.

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Renegotiate the EPA; Havelock Brewster, Norman Girvan and Vaughan Lewis

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Memorandum submitted to the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on 27 February 2008 proposing renegoitation of the EPA (Revised 23/03/08)

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Response by the CRNM to ‘Renegotiate the EPA’

The EPA and Post-Colonial Economy, Owen Arthur

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Public Lecture delivered at UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados on March 11, 2008

The decision made by Heads of Government to give a mandate for the conclusion of a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Community culminated the most complex and far-reaching process of negotiations, consultations and dialogue undertaken in this region, save and except for that associated with the Federation of the British West Indies…

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1. The Cariforum-EC EPA seen in a wider context, Mervyn Claxton

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The Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement has stimulated a very spirited, if belated, debate in the Caribbean on its merits, demerits, and the possible consequences for the region. We have learnt much about the technical aspects of the EPA, and what is at stake for the Caribbean..some writers have drawn attention to some of the broader aspects of the issue which might facilitate a better understanding of the attitudes, expectations, and actions of both sets of negotiators…

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Statement by Concerned Caribbean Citizens Calling For Review Of The EPA (January 18, 2008)

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Signed by over 100 Caribbean citizens from all walks of life

We note with interest the recent statement by President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana in which he observed that the Caribbean stands to gain little from the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) recently negotiated with Europe. .

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Open Letter to CARICOM leaders on the EPA (14/11/07)

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Sent to Caricom Heads of Government by academics Havelock Brewster and Norman Girvan, busineseman James Moss-Solomon and civil society activist Judith Wedderburn, November 14, 2007

We are using this medium to appeal to the authorities to make available for public discussion the Draft Agreement on the EPA. We believe that it will have far-reaching and lasting consequences for the development prospects of the region and for the livelihoods of thousands of citizens…

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