Regional Integration

Analytical Note, August 2008

Mercosur’s experience and progress towards true regional integration.

This South Centre Analytical Note provides a background and discussion on the history of the Mercado Común del Sur – Mercosur’s regional economic and political cooperation and the insights it can provide to developing countries seeking to build greater integration in their region. (more…)

Analytical Note, May 2008

A Positive Agenda for African Agriculture in EPAs.

This Analytical note gives an overview of the provisions on agriculture of the interim EPA initialed at the end of 2007 between the EU et 35 ACP countries. A better understanding of the challenges that faces sub-Saharan agriculture in its expansion as well as the implentation of (more…)

Analytical Note, April 2008

Fact Sheet 8: Competition Policy in Economic Partnership Agreements (CARIFORUM text).

This Fact Sheet Nb.8 overviews provisions related to competition policy in the CARIFORUM EPA text, initialed by 15 Caribbean countries on 16 December 2007, and assesses its developmental impacts, including for regions which have not yet agreed to competition policy provisions in their EPAs with the EU. (more…)

Analytical Note, February 2008

Fact Sheet 7: Market Access for Trade in Goods in Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

This Fact Sheet Nb.7 overviews market access provisions related to the liberalisation of merchandise trade under the Interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that were initialed in the end of 2007 between the EU and 35 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). (more…)

Analytical Note, January 2008

EPA Negotiations in the Caribbean Region: Some Issues of Concern.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges related to the EPA negotiations in the CARIFORUM ACP region, particularly with respect to Market Access and regional integration, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and trade in Services. (more…)

Analytical Note, November 2007

EPA Negotiations in the Pacific Region: Some Issues of Concern.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges related to the EPA negotiations in the Pacific ACP region, particularly with respect to Market Access and regional integration, Agriculture, and trade in Services. (more…)

Analytical Note, October 2007

EPA Negotiations in Southern Africa: Some Issues of Concern.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges related to the EPA negotiations in the SADC region, particularly with respect to Market Access and regional integration, Agriculture, and trade in Services. (more…)

Analytical Note, June 2007

EPA Negotiations in the Central African Region: Some Issues for Consideration.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges that the countries of the EPA Central African region face in the EPA negotiating process, including with respect to its interfaces with WTO negotiations. (more…)

Analytical Note, May 2007

Trade Negotiations in the West African Region: Issues for Consideration.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges that the countries of the EPA West African region face in the EPA negotiating process, particularly with respect to its interfaces with WTO negotiations. (more…)

Analytical Note, May 2007

West Africa EPA Negotiations: Preliminary Comments on the EC “Draft EPA Text for West Africa”.

On 04 April 2007, the European Commission has proposed a draft text for the negotiation of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) between governments of the European Union and of West Africa. (more…)

Research Paper 11, March 2007

Development at crossroads: The economic partnership agreement negotiations with Eastern and Southern African countries on trade in services.

In simple terms, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) are intergovernmental Agreements that manage and promote trade activities in specific regions of the world, aimed at reducing or eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade between members. RTAs may solely address trade integration, or may be part of a wider Regional Integration Agreement (RIA), which encompasses governance and political issues. (more…)

Analytical Note, March 2007

Trade Negotiations in the Eastern and Southern African Region: Issues for Consideration.

This Analytical Note explores some of the main challenges that the countries of the EPA Eastern and Southern African region (ESA) face both in the WTO and in the EPA negotiating processes. (more…)

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