Options open to the BLNS
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CTA. 2003. Options open to the BLNS. Agritrade, May 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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This ERO paper explores in some detail the options open to BLNS governments in...
This ERO paper explores in some detail the options open to BLNS governments in the light of the existence of the EU-South Africa TDCA. Having discounted the nominal options open to all ACP countries the paper explores three options: de facto incorporation of the BLNS into the EU-SA TDCA; the negotiated accession of the BLNS to the EU-SA TDCA; the negotiation by the BLNS of a 'parallel' agreement. Under each option the issues to be addressed and the steps to be taken are elaborated. Comment: While the issues faced in the BLNS hold important lessons for the broader ACP group, the specific institutional framework within which the BLNS will need to address the issues faced will differ considerably from that of other ACP countries. This arises form the fact that the EU-South Africa Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement is already in place and under implementation, and therefore the major problem confronting the governments of the BLNS is how to ensure that their specific needs and interests are fully addressed in a context which is unique amongst ACP countries.