As part of the East African Community (EAC) regional trading bloc, Tanzania is currently negotiating the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU that was initialed in November 20071. This has resulted in lot of controversy and outcry from among the wider
sections of the citizenry. There is a perception that the government has hastily agreed to the initialed Framework EPA (FEPA), largely under pressure of regional neighbours. There is further a perception that the government has not sufficiently consulted the stakeholders in the
country and that EPA would lead to adverse economic and social impacts in the country. Accordingly, the Non State Actors (NSA) Support Programme, an EU funded programme implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, has commissioned this report to
enable the NSAs in the country be informed of the FEPA and of the areas which are still being negotiated; and where and how they can play a role in influencing the government’s positions when it negotiates the EPA.