The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) concluded by the European Union (EU) with regional blocs of African countries (and some African countries) aim to boost more than just trade between the EU and African countries. They aim to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation, including by supporting regional integration processes in Africa, encouraging the gradual integration of African economies into global markets, and improving the capacity of African countries to take advantage of trade opportunities for economic growth. Given the internationalization of production processes, in which 70% of secular trade in wholesale products or services is shifted to wholesale goods or services, increased participation in regional and global value chains has become an essential element of the economic transformation and sustainable development strategies of African countries. It is therefore important to examine the impact of EPAs on the ability of African producers and service providers to integrate into such value chains. If you know that there are articles missing quoting this article, you can help us create these links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above for each referencing article. If you are a registered author of this article, you can also check the “Citations” tab in your RePEc Author service profile, as some citations may be waiting for confirmation. If you have written this article and are not yet registered with RePEc, we recommend that you do so here. You can link your profile to this article. It also allows you to accept potential quotes on this article that we are not sure about. Photo: Horticulture in Lower Nyando, Kenya. Credits: CGIAR on Flickr. Save my name, email address and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This page uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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