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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 4(5), pp. 181186, May, 2016. 

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2016.040

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) An Imperialist Agenda?


G.M Gillis-West


Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. E-mail: gmgilliswest@yahoo.com


Accepted 25 May 2016



The study examined the economic relationship between the European Union (EU) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group with a view to ascertaining the extent to which this relationship has facilitated development in the ACP countries. It reviewed the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) instrumentality of various trade protocols between the two groups to see how the development challenges of countries of the ACP group have been addressed. The theoretical framework applied in the research is functionalism, which explains the mode of cooperation existing between both groups, focusing on needs of individual countries that forge connections and foster cooperation in a bid to reducing global conflict and poverty. Descriptively from secondary data sourced evaluated the value of the various trade strategies between the EU and ACP group, considering the fact that most analyst view it as imperialist overtures of the EU on the ACP group considering the character and description of trade. The ACP group has benefitted from the trade relation, however asymmetric the exchanges. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) initiated by the European Union to support the economic development efforts of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of States (ACP) is not an imperialist agenda but a deliberate mechanism to support efforts of ACP countries to purposefully create wealth via trade Therefore, the study recommended that the ACP robustly negotiate and re-negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) beyond 2020.

Keywords: Imperialism, Cooperatlon, Funtionalism, Economic, development, Trade


Cite This Article As: Gillis-West GM (2016). The Economic Partnership Agreement (Epa): an Imperialist Agenda?. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 4(5): 181-186






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