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Beyond Market Access for Economic Development

EU-Africa relations in transition

Edited by Gerrit Faber, Jan Orbie

Routledge – 2009 – 416 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in the European Economy

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Description

The Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries have drastically restructured Europe’s trade architecture towards the third world. This volume examines the consequences of EPAs for development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Starting from the observation that the establishment of free trade as such will substantially impact upon economic development, the different contributions focus on the potential contribution of non-traditional aspects of EPAs. More specifically, the authors analyze the role of Aid for Trade schemes, regulatory integration issues and broader foreign policy considerations. How can these non-market access aspects stimulate development in Africa, and how have they been addressed in the EPAs? In short, this brings us to the question whether the ‘light version EPAs’ as they currently stand are a missed chance or a blessing in disguise?

Contents

List of illustrations

Notes on the contributors

Preface

List of abbreviations

PART I

New dynamics in EU–ACP relations: the genesis of EPAs

1 EPAs between the EU and Africa: beyond free trade?

Gerit Faber and Jan O rbie

2 From Cotonou to EPA light: a troubled negotiating process

Ole Elgström

3 The EU’s insistence on reciprocal trade with the ACP group: economic interests in the driving seat?

Gerit Faber and Jan O rbie

PART II

Spurring regional integration?

4 Export competitiveness and regional integration in Africa

Paul Brenton , Mombert Hoppe and Richard Newfarmer

5 ACP development, integration and the capacities of transport

infrastructure: the missing link

Olumuyiwa B . Alaba

6 EPAs and integration in SSA

Olufemi Babarinde and G erit Faber

PART III

The new trade agenda and deep integration

7 Services and investment in the EU–CARIFORUM EPA: innovation in rule-design and implications for Africa

P iere Sauv é and Natasha Ward

8 The integration of migration issues in EPAs

Tine Van C riekinge

9 To be or not to be: intellectual property provisions in the EPA negotiations

Paul Kruger

PART IV

Aid and trade: squaring the circle

10 EPAs and the demise of the commodity protocols

Alan Mathews

11 Development aid for EPAs

Sanousi B ilal

12 . . . and never the twain shall meet? An institutionalist perspective of EU trade and development policies in the context of the EPA negotiations

J es Pilegard

PART V

European foreign policy through EPAs

13 A human rights-based approach to the ACP–EU EPAs: issues and implications

Karin Arts

14 Labour rights in EPAs: can the EU–CARIFORUM EPA be a guide?

Bart Keremans and Myriam Martins G istelinck

15 Beyond purely commercial interests: the EU’s fisheries policy and sustainable development in Africa

Maurizio Carbone

16 The missing link: EPAs, security and development interventions in Africa

Gorm Rye Olsen

PART VI

Taking stock

17 Of potholes and roadblocks: the difficult path to development relevant EPAs

Gerit Faber and Jan O rbie

Index

Author Bio

Jan Orbie is a Professor at the Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University, Belgium.

Gerrit Faber is Associate Professor of International Economics at the Utrecht University School of Economics, the Netherlands.

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Description: Edited by Gerrit Faber, Jan Orbie. The Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries have drastically restructured Europe’s trade architecture towards the third world. This volume examines the consequences of...
Categories: Politics of International Trade, Development Economics, Economics and Development, International Trade (incl. trade agreements & tariffs), European Union Politics, European Studies, African Studies