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After Lomé IV

A Strategy for ACPEU Relations in the 21st Century

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By early 2000, a new trade agreement must be negotiated between the 72 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union, to replace Lomé IV. This volume features: a commentary on the EU’s proposals for the new trade arrangements; an analysis of two free trade area agreements which indicate what these proposals could mean for ACP countries; and a series of suggested counterproposals by the ACP group.

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Costs and Benefits of Replacing Lomé

The Lomé Convention used to sit at the centre of the EU's development policy as a unique agreement combining a liberal trade regime and substantial aid within a framework of jointly agreed principles and institutions. It is unique no longer: the EU now has a host of other preferential trade agreements, its aid to non-ACP States has been growing much faster and the Maastricht Treaty provides a broad statement of the aims of development co-operation. It is not just that relations with other States outside the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have been upgraded; to an extent, the ACP have been downgraded in terms of European interests.

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