The signing of the Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) has been postponed by the Government of Uganda. This delay, announced on Friday, underscores Uganda’s dedication to comprehending and aligning with key concepts before formalizing endorsement, emphasizing a commitment to thorough internal deliberations.
The Partnership Agreement, shaping relations between the EU and OACPS over the next two decades, covers critical areas such as investment, environmental sustainability, climate change, irregular migration, and good governance. While Uganda expresses alignment with many aspects, concerns focus on specific concepts like marginalized groups, sex, gender equality, sexual and gender-based discrimination, vulnerable groups, and sexuality education.
Uganda’s reservations include the introduction of Regional Councils of Ministers and Regional Parliamentary Assemblies, potentially impacting fair engagement among member states. A key contention is the Agreement’s precedence over existing bilateral agreements, raising questions about potential impacts on historical relations. Uganda highlights constitutional concerns over the OACPS-EU Council of Ministers’ power to adopt binding decisions.
Despite reservations, Uganda remains open to future dialogues, emphasizing a commitment to aligning with national interests before committing to the long-term implications of the EU-OACPS Partnership Agreement. This decision reflects Uganda’s dedication to thorough internal deliberations and alignment with national interests.