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Economic Zone Hannah Tetteh disputes claims EPA was poorly debated in parliament

Parliament on Wednesday, August 3 ratified the Interim EPA with the European Union after the executive had approved it.

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Ghana's Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh has disputed claims by the Third World Network that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was poorly debated in parliament.

Parliament on Wednesday, August 3 ratified the Interim EPA with the European Union after the executive had approved it.

A programmes officer with the Third World Network Africa, Sylvester Bagoroo said the EPA contained "dangerous clauses" which he expected parliament to debate on for months to get the best deal for Ghana.

He said: "We at Third World Network Africa we are disappointed with what parliament as an institution has done.  This is an agreement that was negotiated for over a decade because there were a lot of dangerous clauses in that agreement. We were expecting parliament to debate it at committee level for months.

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However, in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM Monday, Mrs Tetteh said the EPA had gone through public discussions for "virtually the last 10 years."

According to her, the EPA is not "new to parliament and out public discourse."

She argued that the EPA went through parliament's committees on Trade and Industry and Tourism. "The committee listened to the presentations, it was debated, put to a vote and it was passed."

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