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How can ACP countries benefit from the EPA ?

Synthesis of the Symposium "European agriculture and Agriculture in developing countries" - What trade regimes would be of benefit to the ACP ? What are the changes envisioned by the new agreements ? How can the ACP participate to their advantage ? What are the means to establish regional markets and support local production ? The debate over the advantages and disadvantages of the new agreements has been lively.

The European Union and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) are facing a historic moment in their relations as they come to a turning point which could have long-term consequences for local agriculture everywhere. The EU has undertaken negotiations with ACP countries over proposed new trade agreements which could potentially inaugurate a whole new era of solidarity in development. Despite their crucial importance, the substance of the negotiations and their impact on agriculture are not widely understood. What trade regimes would be of benefit to the ACP ? What are the changes envisioned by the new agreements ? How can the ACP participate to their advantage ? What are the means to establish regional markets and support local production ? The debate over the advantages and disadvantages of the new agreements has been lively. Many models have been constructed and impact studies carried out and their results do not always coincide. The considerable amount of diverse and even divergent information does not make it any easier to see clearly amidst the general debate. The following attempt to summarize the main points and conclusions arising from the seminar organized by FARM (the Foundation for World Agriculture and Rural Life) on the 28th and 29th of November, 2006 is offered in the hope of adding some analytic clarity to the EPA debate.

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Publié le : 19 janvier 2007

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