Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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Three papers presented at a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific Fisheries and Trade experts in April 2003. The meeting’s primary concerns were the future of relations between the ACP and the EU, and preparing ACP countries for Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

The first paper, ‘The Future of European UnionACP Fisheries Relations’, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, ‘WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management’, outlines a possible fisheries framework agreement. The third paper, ‘Elements of an ACPEU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements’, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests riskmitigation strategies.



Fisheries Subsidies Disciplines—The Case of Pacific ACP Fisheries Access Arrangements

This section considers some of the implied disciplines that the current negotiations at the WTO appear to suggest. It will be argued that the disciplines implied by the negotiating positions suggest possible future WTO disciplines that could endanger the position of the Pacific island states and other coastal developing states which remain highly dependent upon revenues and development assistance stemming from access fees. The analysis of possible WTO provisions will be reviewed in light of the various access provisions of the predominant regional fisheries access arrangements.


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