In its Economic Partnership Agreements with ACP countries, the EU has pushed for African countries to significantly reduce tariffs in return for having access to the EU market. In an interview with Triple Crisis blogger Timothy A. Wise, Aileen Kwa of the South Centre discusses the dangers of the EPAs for African economies and offers possible solutions.
For background and more on the issue, see:
EPAs: The Wrong Development Model for Africa And Options for the Future
Need for Africa to Re-think the EPAs in Light of the Economic Crisis
Legal Analysis of Services and Investment in the Cariforum-EC EPA: Lessons for other Developing Countries