ECOWAS and Lome,
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE WOODROW WILSON DEPT OF GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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In brief, the Lome Convention removed one of the principal barriers to the creation of a customs union in West Africa--the membership of countries of the region in alternative preferential trading arrangements--and negotiations for the original Convention provided a valuable learning experience in intra-African cooperation. There appears to be no legal incompatibility between the contents of the Convention and the ECOWAS Treaty the effects of the Convention on decision-makers dispositions towards regional self-reliance are less certain. Lome does contain a number of provisions which encourage regional cooperation among the ACP. But whether the Conventions provisions for dynamic complementarity between the economies of the EEC and its partners will result in the type of Community commitment to industrial adjustment necessary for the aspirations of ECOWAS members and other ACP countries to be realized, is a question which would require more detailed analysis than is possible in this paper.
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