Exchange of views on Economic Partnership Agreements and the Doha Development Agenda with the participation of Peter Mandelson
End production: 05/11/2007 First transmission: 05/11/2007
In view of the December 2007 Doha agenda, Peter Mandelson, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, expressed his views to the Development Committee of the European Parliament.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels
||Arrival of Peter Mandelson, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and handshake with Josep Borrel Fontelles, Member of the EP, Chairman of the Development Committee
||Peter Mandelson (in ENGLISH) asking how ACP countries can be exceptions to other developing countries and say "everyone has to trade with us or bring foreign direct investment to us, treat us as special cases, exceptions to the rules of the global economy, because we are ACP"?; saying that nobody's going to make that exception; we live in a free global economy where people are making judgments about where to place their investment; if they continue to sit back and just accept that ACP countries are going to continue without those rules that are operated in other developing countries, all they are doing is consigning those ACP countries to permanent underdevelopment and poverty that is going to get worse;
on industrial tariffs the negotiation is in danger of going wrong; rightly there is a large imbalance in what developed and developing countries are being asked to do in this round; an attempt is being made to shift the goal further to the point where competitive emerging economies, who should be playing their part in supporting an open and multilateral trade system, will end up making next to no contribution to new trade flows in this round;
there is no point signing agreements which they cannot successfully defend in Geneva; in this sense the ACP and the EU are not negotiating with each other; they are jointly negotiating with others in the WTO; other developing countries are watching these final stages of the negotiations and they believe with justification that the current arrangements discriminate against them;
it is possible that, within regions, smaller groups of countries who are particularly concerned about trade disruption may come forward to propose WTO compatible agreements; this is particularly the case for customs unions or sub groups, where the level of economic integration is relatively high, Eastern and Southern African regions could be a case in point
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