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.



A Proposal for a Strategy in the WTO Context

The ACP group has indicated that some members may consider the proposal to agree REPAs on its merits when further details are known, but that regardless of this a WTO waiver for the current trade regime should be obtained for a longer period than the five years proposed by the EU. This part of the report analyses the issues involved in obtaining a long waiver. Since this may not be a straightforward exercise, the report then describes a possible parallel strategy for the ACP.


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