Crossing development red lines? Towards a technical analysis of implications of EC proposals for EPA provisions
There is potential for EPAs to bring real benefits to the development prospects of the ACP, but much work remains to be done and a more open-minded approach is needed. This was the main conclusion of a roundtable between development academics and professionals and ACP and EU member state officials to discuss draft EPA texts as proposed by the EC.
The first part of this brief draws on experts’ technical analysis to give guidance on the necessary shifts in approach to the negotiating process. The second part highlights some of the key issues in each area of the talks that need attention to achieve the best outcome for poor producers and traders in ACP countries.
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