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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 4(5), pp. 174180, May, 2016. 

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2016.039

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



The ACP Group of States: ACP: Unseen Global Economic Global Capacity


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 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. Analyzing descriptively from secondary data sourced to evaluate the value of the trade cooperation between the EU and ACP group, considering the fact that it is the largest conglomeration of countries aside the United Nations and still expanding with a move towards the Maghreb region. The ACP group has benefitted from the trade relation, however asymmetric the exchanges. The EU, through its various economic development instrumentalities has improved most economies of the countries in the ACP group. Therefore, the study recommended that the ACP robustly negotiate and re-negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and with strong political will explore deeply its resources and focus more on intra-regional cooperation and economic integration.

Keywords: Economic Development, Functionalism, Global Conflict, Poverty, Trade Cooperation, Natural Resources, Intra-regional, economic integration


Cite This Article As: Gillis-West GM (2016). The ACP Group of States: An Unseen global Economic Capacity. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 4(5): 174-180






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