ECDPM. 2009. Regionally Owned Funds: Mechanisms for delivery of EU Aid for Trade in ACP regions? (Discussion Paper 90). Maastricht.
The creation of regionally owned funds to support integration processes and regional Aid for Trade (AfT) agendas is currently being discussed in all African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. Similarly on the European side, the European Commission (EC) and the member states of the European Union (EU) are exploring the potential of such funds as one of the delivery mechanisms to implement their AfT commitments. Intentions to make use of regional funds have been expressed in the context of the ACP-EU negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) as well as in the joint EU Aid for Trade Strategy.
Key Purpose of ECDPM Study
In an effort to assist efforts ACP regions to make effective use of aligned EC and EU AfT, this study aims to contribute to structuring the ongoing discussions on the use of regionally owned funds for AfT including EPA support, to facilitate exchange of experiences and ideas across ACP regions and to inform the decision-making process by providing an overview of different experiences and opinions of ACP and European stakeholders.
Key Findings of ECDPM