Author: José Luis Gutiérrez Aranda

CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA AGREEMENT: AN INTERNAL BATTLE FOR TRADE LIBERALIZATION

In January 2012 the African Union adopted the decision to create the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). This Trade Agreement aimed at creating a single market for goods, services and free movement of people and investments to promote intra-African trade among 55 African countries.   This agreement is also an interesting strategy to protect African countries from developed economies.  The CFTA negotiations were launched in June 2015 and, parallel to this agreement, a Tripartite Free Trade Agreement linking three African regions is being negotiated. The rigid tariffs and administrative barriers known as Trade Barriers, as well as the non-trade barriers...

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THE ANTENNA OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The contact person of the new AEFJN antenna of the Central African Republic, Sr. Elianna, had the opportunity to address the CAR Major Superiors gathered for their general assembly. In her talk, she wanted to shake up their way of thinking about religious life and its presence in society and in history. She suggested they should get to know and join the Antenna of AEFJN. The antenna is prepared to carry out training to equip them for advocacy work. Sr. Elianna feels that this is an opportune time, a gift from God, to try to accompany a process of...

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CONTACT PERSONS’ SEMINAR 2018: DEVELOPING A FOUR YEAR PLAN OF ACTION

Members of the Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) had their 2018 seminar on 15 March 2018. AEFJN is a network of 48 male and female religious congregations advocating and lobbying for economic justice between Europe and Africa, at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.  The seminar took place at the General house of the Missionaries of Africa. The 2018 seminar focused on developing a four year Plan of Action (PoA) for advocacy and lobbying at the EU. This process started in October 2017, with a questionnaire sent to member congregations. The questionnaire asked each congregation to identify...

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ADVOCACY ON TRADE, A LONG WAY AHEAD

The Cotonou Agreement[1] is the overarching framework for European Union (EU) relations with countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) and is based on three pillars: development cooperation, economic-trade cooperation, and the political dimension. This agreement will be valid until 2020. The European Commission has initiated the process for a new, Post-Cotonou Agreement and presented a first draft in December 2017. At the same time, it announced that the negotiation with Africa would begin in September 2018. So the draft has been presented before that negotiation… This detail highlights the attitude of the EU. It is within...

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PRESS STATEMENT   THE SUTUATION IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) is an advocacy network of Catholic Church Religious Congregations in Europe and Africa. We note, with painful hearts, the present charged and unhelpful political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The tension began as a result of President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to organise elections at the end of his mandate in 2016. He has set aside an agreement that was reached and signed on December 31, 2016 under the auspices of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) at Saint-Sylvester to give him an opportunity to organise elections in 2017. As...

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