Cotonou 2000 ACP-EU Agreement

Sectors : International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Regional cooperation and integration, Regional trade
Organisation : EU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration




General approach

Cooperation shall provide effective assistance to achieve the objectives and priorities which the ACP States have set themselves in the context of regional and sub-regional cooperation and integration, including inter-regional and intra-ACP cooperation. Regional Cooperation can also involve Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and outermost regions. In this context, cooperation support shall aim to:

(a) foster the gradual integration of the ACP States into the world economy;
(b) accelerate economic cooperation and development both within and between the regions of the ACP States;
(c) promote the free movement of persons, goods, services, capital, labour and technology among ACP countries;
(d) accelerate diversification of the economies of the ACP States; and coordination and harmonisation of regional and sub-regional cooperation policies; and
(e) promote and expand inter and intra-ACP trade and with third countries.


Regional economic integration

Cooperation shall, in the area of regional economic integration, support:

(a) developing and strengthening the capacities of:
(i) regional integration institutions and organisations set up by the ACP States to promote regional cooperation and integration, and
(ii) national governments and parliaments in matters of regional integration;
(b) fostering participation of Least Developed Countries (LDC) ACP States in the establishment of regional markets and sharing the benefits therefrom;
(c) implementation of sectoral reform policies at regional level;
(d) liberalisation of trade and payments;
(e) promoting cross-border investments both foreign and domestic, and other regional or sub-regional economic integration initiatives; and
(f) taking account of the effects of net transitional costs of regional integration on budget revenue and balance of payments.


Regional Cooperation

1. Cooperation shall, in the area of regional cooperation, support a wide variety of functional and thematic fields which specifically address common problems and take advantage of scale of economies, including:

(a) infrastructure particularly transport and communications and safety thereof and services, including the development of regional opportunities in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
(b) the environment; water resource management and energy;
(c) health, education and training;
(d) research and technological development;
(e) regional initiatives for disaster preparedness and mitigation; and
(f) other areas, including arms control, action against drugs, organised crimes, money laundering, bribery and corruption.

2. Cooperation shall also support inter and intra-ACP cooperation schemes and initiatives...”