Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Members of the AWEPA Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) attended the Ninth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings on 2-6 April 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The JMT delegation was made up of two members of the JMT – Political Coordinator for the AWEPA Development Effectiveness programme Lord David Chidgey, and Governing Council member Hon. Denis Naughten. They were supported by an external trade expert, Dr. Paul Goodison, who will act as their advisor.
The delegates actively participated in the AUC-ECA Meetings and held numerous side meetings with key interlocutors, including Ministers of Finance and other high level government officials. They held a dialogue on the urgent issue of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), a set of free trade area agreements which the EU is concluding with a range of Sub-Sahara African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries.
The AUC-ECA Annual Meetings provided a unique opportunity for members of the JMT to engage in dialogue at the highest levels on the urgent subject of responsible trade for food security and how European and African parliamentarians can provide sufficient oversight to the Executive to ensure international trade agreements are not disadvantageous to African states.
The Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings took place from 31 March to 5 April 2016, and tackled the theme, ‘Towards an Integrated and Coherent Approach to Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.” The Conference addressed how countries can establish common implementation and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, with a focus on the policies and institutions needed to transform Africa’s economies and achieve the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development at national, regional and continental levels.