Extracts from the reports and recommendations
1. Practical obstacles to the effective use of the trade
provisions of LomV.
The working party noted the absence of awareness of
economic operators... of the provisions of LomV aiming to stimulate trade
development , and the practical difficulties of beneficiaries in
interpreting LomV. They recommended that Governments: define a
consistent trade development strategy associating the private sector in the
definition and implementation of the programmes.
2. The trade environment
Working party 13 stressed the urgent need for a more
active participation of ACP countries in the GATT negotiations and to
systematically provide for the possibility in LomV, of
reinforcing trade and support services internally and internationally.
3. Key elements of trade and services development programmes
All ACP States and regional organisations should consider
trade and services as factors in overall economic planning. The (trade
development) programmes should be sector and market specific with quantified and
qualified objectives established at the design stage... Programmes should...
involve an appropriate private public sector mix and include (at this design
stage) all the necessary support services (export credits, insurance, packaging,
transport and warehousing)... Some countries and regions which are especially
services sector oriented may regard development in such sectors
(consultancy, telematics etc) as taking precendence over visible trade
programmes... It was recommended that part of the resources of LomV be used
to help ACP States and regions to decide the location of production units in
selected product groups in order to avoid duplication of investment while
satisfying market needs...
4. Improving intra-ACP trade
In view of the fact that the lack of a political will is a
major obstacle to intra-ACP trade, it is recommended that the ACP States take
appropriate measures and/or implement the resolutions adopted regionally
concerning the free movement of goods, services and persons...
The transport and communication problems encountered nationally
and regionally the lack of information, the absence of complementarily in the
various productions. their limited competitiveness in relation to the rest of
the world the investment problems and in particular the trade financing problems
as well as the compensation mechanisms are recognised as being the main
obstacles to the development of intra-ACP