From Antagonism to Re-engagement: Zimbabwe's Trade Negotiations with the European Union, 2000-2016 by Richard KamidzaFrom Antagonism to Re-engagement: Zimbabwe's Trade Negotiations with the European Union, 2000-2016 by Richard Kamidza

From Antagonism to Re-engagement: Zimbabwe's Trade Negotiations with the European Union, 2000-2016

byRichard Kamidza

Paperback | July 21, 2017

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The book interrogates the European Union (EU) - Zimbabwe Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations, covering trade in goods, trade-related rules and development cooperation. The negotiations coincided with EU’s motives as the dominant development partner, and Zimbabwe’s state-stakeholder fault-lines, creating dilemmas in the pursuit of a fair EPA outcome. As a result, the economically weak Zimbabwe signed and ratified an asymmetrical interim EPA (iEPA) with an economically powerful EU in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Meanwhile, direct bilateral re-engagement which eluded the Government of National Unity (GNU), became real following ZANU-PF landslide victory on 31 July 2013, that sufficiently altered the power balance to trigger the process between the former nemesis in support of iEPA domestication, and social and economic development. ZANU-PF government stopped blaming the EU and other western nations for the country’s continued economic underperformance, signaling a softening approach on its part. Similarly, the EU and its member states softened its perception on ZANU-PF leadership leading to resumption and intensification of re-engagement despite failure to implement the Global Political Agreement-related constitutional and democratic reforms, agreed by GNU. This re-engagement was firmly endorsed when the EU and Zimbabwe signed an agreement in July 2015 to normalise bilateral relations and start cooperation.

Dr Richard Kamidza, holds BSc (Honours) Economics (University of Zimbabwe), MA Policy Studies (Southern African Regional Institute for Policy Studies, an Associate of the Universities of Fort Hare and Zimbabwe) and PhD in Development Studies (University of KwaZulu Natal). His special interests in bilateral, regional and multilateral tr...
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Title:From Antagonism to Re-engagement: Zimbabwe's Trade Negotiations with the European Union, 2000-2016Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:July 21, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9956762342

ISBN - 13:9789956762347

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Where Trade Negotiations Competition Begins
Chapter Two: The Basis of Negotiations
Chapter Three: Bilateral Trade Relations
Chapter Four: State of Play in Negotiations
Chapter Five: Zimbabwe’s State  Shortcomings and Civil Society Advocacy
Chapter Six: Bilateral Re-Engagement and  Interim EPA Implementation
Chapter Seven: Conclusion