In Africa, epAs support the implementation of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, launched in September 2018. They are key instruments of the EU`s global strategy for Africa. The economic pillar of this strategy identifies trade – in addition to regional and continental economic integration – as an important element in promoting the sustainable development of African countries. The Economic Partnership Agreement, commonly known as the EPA, is a partnership between the European Union and the CARIFORUM part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. The aim of the agreement is to create an open market for interregional and intra-regional trade in goods and services and also to allow businesses to access it commercially. CARIFORUM – CEPOL entered into force provisionally in December 2008. The Cotonou Agreement allows EU and ACP countries to negotiate development-oriented free trade agreements, known as EPAs. The EPAs are firmly anchored in the objectives of sustainable development, human rights and development cooperation, which are at the heart of the Cotonou Agreement. This is why the EPAs provide for special regimes for this specific group. Unlike other ACP countries, the Group of Least Developed Countries is urged to reject the EPAs and continue trade relations under the Everything But Arms (EBA) Regulation . .

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