This paper highlights the negative effects of liberalisation of trade and investment within weaker economies and, in particular, how EU trade agreements undermine existing efforts towards developmental integration in ACP regions.
Amira Armenta, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, Virginia Montañés
20 December 2001
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