Enhancing Investment in West Africa

The Role of Investment Instruments in Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations

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The Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the ECOWAS states of West Africa envisages cooperation between the two sides with the aim of enhancing investment and private sector development in the ECOWAS region. This study explores the options available to ECOWAS states for promoting, protecting and guaranteeing flows of domestic and foreign direct investment, in the context of the ACPEU Economic Partnership Agreements, so that development gains are realised in these economies.



Bilateral and Regional Investment Arrangements and Treaties

Bilateral and regional investment agreements are important instruments for driving free and appreciable flows of foreign investment among countries and regions. Investment treaties contain a plethora of regulatory structures that are meant to define the terms of relationships between host countries and the investors concerned in conformity with speci fic international standard norms. An investment agreement states the obligations of each side involved in the agreement.


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