Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 6, No. 2, 2008
Pages 135-153

DOI: 10.36108/ijss/8002.60.0240

Rules of Origin in EU-West African Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

Abiodun S. Bankole

Trade Policy Research and Training Programme, Department of Economics University of’ Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria



This paper provides a broad contour exante analysis of the rules of origin (RoO) in the EU-West African Economic Partnership Agreement (EU-WA EPA) negotiations. It c:ontextualises the significance of’ rules of origin for utilising opportunities of increased market increase access offered by the generalised system of trade preferences (GSPs). Analysis of the similarities  and differences of the salient features of the rules of origin  of various free trade areas is used  to build scenarios regarding the likely request and offers between the EU and West Africa concerning the type complexity and restrictiveness of the rules of origin regime in the planned agreement. The paper concludes that the framework for negotiating RoO should ensure systematic approach that preclude complex and and difficult to administer rules, as well as permit consistent and unambiguous rules to bring about increased effective market access through full cumulation which allows West African countries the maximum flexibility in sourcing their inputs and components to engender profound sub regional integration in line with      EPA objective.
Keywords: Rules 9f origin, preferential trade, cumulation, economic partnership agreement.


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