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.




After more than four decades of co-operation, the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are at a turning point in their relationship, as they proceed in redefining their trading relations. Moving away from the non-reciprocal preferences granted by the EU to ACP imports to its market, which prevailed since 1975 under the Lomé Conventions and now the Cotonou Agreement, the two parties have agreed to negotiate free trade agreements. These economic partnership agreements (EPAs), to be in place by 2008, should have broad impacts on the ACP countries, reaching beyond traditional market opening.


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