oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Lomé IV: Dynamic or static improvement on the previous conventions? - the sub-Saharan Africa perspective

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



With the passing of each major phase in Lome, negotiations have been entered into with the sole aim of extending the life of the convention. This process resulted in the agreements in Lome I to IV. The present chapter concludes that Lome V is inevitable on the expiry of Lome IV, and this for a variety of reasons. First, the continued deterioration of the international economic climate is weakening the sub-Saharan Africa states. This weakening pushes these states more and more to a dependent position in relation to the European Community (EC), a position which most of them will be reluctant to forego. Second, the emergence of the TRIAD as a factor in international trade relations poses new dimensions in trade politicking and may be a stumbling bloc to most sub-Saharan Africa states. Historical and geographical factors in sub-Saharan Africa incline the region to trade with Europe. This is reinforced by an absence of significant trade with Russia and China on the part of sub-Saharan Africa and other ACP states. The problem is not that sub-Saharan Africa has a relationship with Europe, but the nature of the relationship is highly unsatisfactory.

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