ACP-EU-JPA: Nam Vice-President wants effecive monitoring of EPAs

13 Jun 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries should make a positive contribution to the African population, which is projected to double by 2050.
Vice-President Nickey Iyambo made these remarks on Monday when he officially opened the 31st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States - European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU-JPA) in Windhoek.
Namibia on Friday joined four other Southern African Development Community (SADC) members in signing the EPAs in Kasane, Botswana. The signing of the EPA opens the Namibian market to EU exports and give Namibian exports a quota and duty free access to the EU market.
“It is important that we get the EPAs right from the onset to help manage Africa’s food security, fresh water security and energy security,” Iyambo said.
The finalisation of EPAs in terms of signing and ratification, he said, is just beginning of the actual key process.
“It symbolises the beginning of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation phase of these EPAs,” he said.
Iyambo said it is the key responsibility of the legislature to monitor the EPA implementation process effectively so as to evaluate whether it is meaningful to the various countries.
He further stated that he wants to see EPAs bettering the lives of ordinary citizens and bring immense benefits to partner countries.
Some 350 Parliamentarians are attending the JPA to discuss issues affecting member states, which include economic integration, social and environment issues, as well as the political situation in the member states.
The JPA ends Wednesday.