Analytical Note, May 2007

Fact Sheet 6: Aid for Trade and Financial Assistance to implement the EPAs.

This Analytical Note is part of a series of Fact Sheets designed to overview and assess the development implications of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), which the EU is currently negotiating with 76 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). The purpose of these Fact Sheets is to examine the existing material on EPAs and to provide an analysis of their potential impact on ACP countries. The Fact Sheets seek to increase the understanding of the substantive issues at stake in the negotiations, thereby enabling policy-makers, lobbyists and campaigners to make informed decisions about how to engage with EPAs.

This Fact Sheet No. 6 critically analyses the trade-related aid pledges made by the EC to ACP countries, the relationship of such pledges with those made under the WTO Aid for Trade initiative, and the suitability and effectiveness of the European Development Fund (EDF) as a mechanism for easing EPArelated adjustment and implementation costs in ACP countries.

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