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Thursday, 1 December 2016 - Brussels Revised edition

EU-Ghana Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement (A8-0328/2016 - Christofer Fjellner)

  Doru-Claudian Frunzulică (S&D), in writing. ‒ I strongly welcome the fact that in August 2016 Ghana (and subsequently Côte d’Ivoire) has decided to proceed with ratification of its Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, concluded back in 2007.

The EU has become a prime destination for Ghana’s ‘non-traditional’ exports, demonstrating an increasing diversification and value-addition in the country.

The IEPA is fundamental as it will allow Ghanaian exporters to preserve the duty-free preferences on the European market as Ghana moves up and consolidates its status as a middle-income country. Furthermore, if the regional EPA comes into place without excessive delays, any discrepancies in the IEPA tariff liberalisation schedules and tariff lines will be solved without a need for additional adaptation to the regional processes.

I think this EPA will be a big step forward for the development of both regions, and will provide an added value for both economies.

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