(photo: War on Want)
Last Thursday was the ten year anniversary of the start of the trade negotiations between the EU and African and Pacific countries (the “ACP countries”) – the Economic Partnership Agreements. Members of the Trade Justice Movement (TJM) – of which CAFOD is a member – marked this day by demonstrating outside BIS (the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and handing in a letter to Vince Cable warning that the deals the EU is wanting these countries to agree to are not in the interest of the world’s poorest. The letter also served to remind him of the commitment he made when he joined millions of campaigners calling for a scale up to trade justice and, in the 2011 white paper, to ensure trade delivers the best results for developing countries. A letter also appeared in the Guardian which highlighted some of the ways that EPAs are problematic. For the full story, Ruth Bergen from TJM has written a blog which appears on the FairTrade blog.