1st Edition

Beyond Market Access for Economic Development EU-Africa relations in transition

Edited By Gerrit Faber, Jan Orbie Copyright 2009
    416 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    404 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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?

    List of illustrations

    Notes on the contributors


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Taking stock

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

    Gerit Faber and Jan O rbie



    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.