Antiguan Diplomat keynote speaker in Nigeria
Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders will be the keynote speaker in Abuja, Nigeria at a conference on July 28 and 29 to critically appraise the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU).
As a Senior Fellow at London University over the last few years, Sir Ronald has written extensively on the EPA between the EU and the Caribbean countries that constitute CARIFORUM. Previously, he was Antigua and Barbuda’s chief negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Ambassador to the former European Economic Community.
The EPA is a reciprocal trade agreement promoted by the EU to create Free Trade Areas between the EU collectively and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States individually through six regional economic communities into which the ACP was divided after years of joint negotiations with the EU.
Even though the ECOWAS Commission concluded negotiations with the EU Commission in July 2014 – a date mandated by the EU – Nigeria expressed reservations over the perceived economic implications to its economy.
The conference organiser, Kayode Soyinka, said the meeting is expected to put the EPA on the front burner of national discourse in Nigeria and the west African sub-region. Among the other speakers at the Conference from Nigeria are Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Dr. S.U. Jacobs, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Ken Ukaoha, president of the National Association of Nigerian Traders and Professor Ademola Oyejide, an Emeritus professor of economics from the University of Ibadan.