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The European Union, Southern Africa, and Economic Partnership Agreements. A Policy Case for Overcoming the Impasse

Peter Draper, the South African Institute of International Affairs, will give a public lecture at LSE on Thursday 21 June. With the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations between the European Union and the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states at a critical juncture, he will outline the key trade-related development challenges faced by African countries, and discuss how far the current EPA process responds to these.

Taking into account the constraints and rationales of both the EU and ACP countries, and based on the case-study of Southern Africa, this lecture will show that workable ways out of the current impasse can be devised.

Peter Draper is research fellow and head of the Development Through Trade Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). This talk coincides with the publication of Peter Draper's paper The European Union, Southern Africa, and Economic Partnership Agreements. A Policy Case for Overcoming the Impasse, by ECIPE (The European Centre for International Political Economy). Copies of this paper can be obtained from the ECIPE website www.ecipe.org| or from s.wenban@lse.ac.uk| 

The European Union, Southern Africa, and Economic Partnership Agreements. A Policy Case for Overcoming the Impasse is on Thursday 21 June 2007 at 12.30- 2pm in U208, Tower One, LSE, Clement's Inn, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

6 June 2007

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