General News of Friday, 18 July 2014

Source: citifmonline

TUC’s condemnation of EPA “unscientific” – IMANI

The Executive Director of IMANI-Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has criticised the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for condemning the Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) approval of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The TUC condemned ECOWAS in a press statement for endorsing the EPA, saying that provisions in the EPA will lead to a total collapse of the domestic manufacturing and other productive sectors of the economy.

Mr. Cudjoe disagreed with this assertion and told Citi News that he believes the TUC could only arrive at such a conclusion based on an “unscientific” assessment of the real benefits of the agreement.

ECOWAS’ approval of the EPA at the 45th Summit of Heads of States in Accra on July 10 has already been met with much scepticism by Civil Society Organisations, Labour Unions and sections of the general public.

Mr. Cudjoe, however, expressed IMANI-Ghana’s approval of EPA, labeling it as “a very sensible thing to have been done,” adding that it was “one of the best mechanisms to realize our agricultural growth."