The cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and beyond

Dawar, Kamala and Evenett, Simon J (2008) The cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and beyond. Technical Report. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Germany.

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Abstract

Proposals to include provisions relating to so-called behind-the-border policies in Economic Partnership Agreements, including those relating to government procurement and competition law, were a source of public controversy and, if the stated positions of negotiators are taken at face value, significant disagreement between the parties concerned. Now that the European Commission, acting on behalf of the EU member states, has initialled an EPA with the Caribbean states there is an opportunity to dispassionately assess the contents and possible effects of provisions relating to behind-the-border policies. Such an assessment is presented here and the implications for the remaining EPA negotiations as well as for Caribbean nations, including the potential impact on subsequent efforts to integrate regional markets, are discussed.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Technical Report)
Keywords: Cariforum, EPA, development, trade agreements
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1021 Commercial geography. Economic geography
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1701 Tariff. Free trade. Protectionism
K Law
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Depositing User: Kamala Dawar
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 08:38
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 08:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59858

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