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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

ECDPM convenes conference on Cotonou Partnership Agreement

On 18 and 19 December, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) organises a seminar on ‘The Cotonou Partnership Agreement: What role in a changing world?’

Five years after the CPA was signed, it's time to assess progress achieved and the impact of the key innovations. Key questions for discussion are:
  • Is the increased political focus of ACP-EU cooperation contributing to development?
  • Has Cotonou broadened the partnership?
  • Are EPAs an instrument for development and poverty reduction?
  • Is the emphasis on performance and the rationalisation of instruments and management of aid contributing to more effective and efficient development programmes?
Obviously any assessment should also look to the future and the role of the CPA in a changing development environment - the future of the EU and ACP special relationship; trends towards regional differentiation with the EPA negotiations and specific EU support strategies for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; and the emergence of new actors such as the African Union. How can the CPA remain relevant and politically important in a context of major and rapid changes? What trends and scenarios for the future can we expect?

Read the ECDPM ACP-EU timeline; see also the Euforic ACP-EU dossier; get more information about the seminar; check out the public lecture.

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