Cross-Regional Webinar on Post-Cotonou Agreement: 23 June (8 PM CET), 2020

Join us to to discuss the impending Post-Cotonou Agreement, a major trade and development deal between the EU and Africa and the Pacific area.

As part of the Gender and Trade Coalition’s (GTC) continuing webinar series, we invite you to join us for a cross-regional discussion on the Post-Cotonou Agreement. WIDE+ is a member of the GTC steering committee.

This impending agreement will define trade and development relations between Europe and 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries for the next 20 years. Europe’s negotiating positions push a liberalization agenda through attempts to enhance protection for their investors in ACP markets and secure “undistorted access” to ACP natural resources, effectively reinforcing neo-colonial patterns that ACP governments are concerned to transform.

While struggling to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, state capacity is being drained by negotiations that have shifted online, becoming more secretive and exclusionary of civil society as a result. This cross-regional panel will outline what is at stake in the negotiations, share lessons for mobilization, and propose alternative progressive and feminist approaches. This discussion is organized by Regions Refocus, co-chair of the Gender and Trade Coalition.

Roundtable speakers will include:

  • David Abdulah, Movement for Social Justice
  • Mereoni Chung, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era
  • Rosalea Hamilton, Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance
  • Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei, Third World Network-Africa
  • Anita Nayar, Regions Refocus [Moderator]
  • Maureen Penjueli, Pacific Network on Globalisation
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