Multilateral and Regional Trade Issues for Developing Countries

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This book is a collection of Trade Briefs, intended to serve as sources of information and training, and as reference tools for officials, policy makers and other persons responsible for following negotiations on behalf of Commonwealth developing countries.

It focuses on the various multilateral and regional negotiations and in particular, the Doha Development Round and ACP-EU Economic Partnerships Agreements (EPAs).

The Papers are presented in a manner which allows for flexibility and accessibility of use. The volume is divided into clear sections according to topics making it easier for trade officials, trade negotiators and researchers to find their subject area of interest. Equally, the volume offers a wide enough selection of trade topics, for individuals with little or no expertise in trade negotiations to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of international negotiations.



ACP-EU Negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements

The Procedural Guidelines drawn up by the ACP Secretariat clearly propose two stages of negotiations, the first to cover "cross-cutting" issues and the second to cover trade negotiations per se at the national or regional level. However, the West African members of ECOWAS and Mauritania are currently negotiating a mandate for regional negotiations with the EU. Meanwhile the Eastern and Southern African countries are struggling with a number of complex, overlapping integration issues which need to be resolved before they are in a position to start regional negotiations with the EU.


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