A Centre for the New Europe study finds that EU trade policy is having a devastating effect on Africa:
- 6,600 people die every day in the world because of the trading rules of the EU. That is 275 people every hour.
- In other words, one person dies every 13 seconds somewhere in the world – mainly in Africa – because the European Union does not act on trade as it talks.
- If Africa could increase its share of world trade by just one per cent, it would earn an additional £49 billion a year. This would be enough to lift 128 million people out of extreme poverty. The EU’s trade barriers are directly responsible for Africa’s inability to increase its trade and thus for keeping Africa in poverty.
- If the poorest countries as a whole could increase their share of world exports by five per cent, that would generate £248 billion or $350 billion, raising millions more out of extreme poverty.
Protectionist trade barriers are profoundly immoral – they raise prices for the citizens of the state that implements them (and remember that it is the poor that have the least abillity to manage such chances) and it ensures that the Third World continues to be mired in poverty and hopelessness.
The EU is a key market for Africa, and the EU’s unwillingness to open their markets to African trade in any significant amount is killing far more innocents each day than the war on Iraq did through its duration. Trade barriers represent little more than neocolonialism in a new form, and such immoral, unethical, and dangerous policies should be ended for the good of the people of Europe and those in Africa.