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Monitoring economic partnership agreements : inputs to the negotiations and beyond

Monitoring von Wirtschaftspartnerschaftsabkommen: Inputs bei Verhandlungen und danach
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Brüntrup, Michael; Bilal, Sanoussi; Jerosch, Franziska; Keijzer, Niels; Loquai, Christiane; Rampa, Francesco; Reichert, Tobias

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Corporate Editor Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik gGmbH
Abstract "The upcoming Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and regions are extremely challenging. Conceived as a follow-up to the non-reciprocal trade preferences granted to the ACP since 1975, the aim of the EPAs is sustainable development and poverty reduction through the establishment of a Free Trade Area. Many challenges and opportunities arise from this ambitious trade and development partnership between some of the world's poorest and richest countries. Throughout the negotiations, several stakeholders have expressed concerns about the possible negative effects in ACP countries that risk jeopardizing the developmental impacts of EPAs. The ambition, as well as the uncertainties around EPAs make a results-oriented monitoring of the agreements imperative. This study, commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, addresses the possible goals of EPA monitoring, drawing conclusions on what broad areas need to be monitored, which principles should be followed and which stakeholders involved. The study then outlines the challenges involved in implementing a results-oriented monitoring system: which steps need to be taken, how best to derive indicators, which characteristics the latter should have and how they may be identified. The study also presents a number of recommendations on how to ensure that monitoring is given due consideration in the EPA legal texts." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; Africa; Caribbean Region; Pacific Rim; African-Caribbean-Pacific countries; cooperation; economic agreement; economic relations; observation; control; developing country
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Economic Policy
Method applied research; descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Bonn
Page/Pages 260 p.
Series DIE Studies, 37
ISBN 978-3-88985-372-2
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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