Navigating New Waters

A Reader on ACP-EU Trade Relations

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An essential reader and reference tool for trade experts and interested parties, bringing together key analysis on all aspects of trade negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the European Union.

The editors, both highly experienced in trade negotiations, have selected the most useful articles on all key aspects of trade negotiations, including market access, services, fisheries, regional integration, compatibility with the multilateral framework, the development dimension and capacity building in trade negotiations.

The introduction highlights the major concerns of the book, focusing on ensuring that the priorities of developing countries are addressed.

This publication is comprised of two volumes.



Towards Greater Flexibility in Article XXIV of GATT 1994 in the Context of Reciprocal Trade Agreements beween ACP States and the EU

The Partnership Agreement (PA) signed between the 77 ACP states and the 15 EU states in Cotonou, Benin, in June 2000 (but which has been in effect since March 2000 under special arrangement) is one of the most important instruments of development co-operation contracted between a group of developing countries and a group of developed countries. It retains and builds upon the ‘acquis’ of the four Lomé Conventions, the last of which expired in February 2000, and provides a new framework for economic and trade co-operation to respond to challenges and opportunities arising from the rapidly changing and globalising world economy. A central tenet of the partnership is ensuring that the content and intent of the new trade relations is in full conformity with WTO provisions, including special and differential treatment, and promotes the active participation of ACP states in the multilateral trading system (Article 34, PA).


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