Cotonou 2000 ACP-EU Agreement

Sectors : Employment and Training, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Investment, Political governance, Agricultural investment and production, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, ICT, Industry, Infrastructure General, Peace-building and peacekeeping, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade
Organisation : EU
Date made: 
2000
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Employment and Training

“ARTICLE 20

The Approach

The objectives of ACP-EC development cooperation shall be pursued through integrated strategies that incorporate economic, social, cultural, environmental and institutional elements that must be locally owned. Cooperation shall thus provide a coherent enabling framework of support to the ACP’s own development strategies, ensuring complementarity and interaction between the various elements. In this context and within the framework of development policies and reforms pursued by the ACP States, ACP-EC cooperation strategies shall aim at:

(a) achieving rapid and sustained job-creating economic growth, developing the private sector, increasing employment, improving access to productive economic activities and resource, and fostering regional cooperation and integration;
(b) promoting human and social development helping to ensure that the fruits of growth are widely and equitably shared and promoting gender equality;
(c) promoting cultural values of communities and specific interactions with economic, political and social elements;
(d) promoting institutional reforms and development, strengthening the institutions necessary for the consolidation of democracy, good governance and for efficient and competitive market economies; and building capacity for development and partnership; and
(e) promoting environmental sustainability, regeneration and best practices, and the preservation of natural resource base.”

Scope: 
Africa

“ARTICLE 23

Economic sector development

Cooperation shall support sustainable policy and institutional reforms and the investments necessary for equitable access to economic activities and productive resources, particularly:

(a) the development of training systems that help increase productivity in both the formal and the informal sectors;
(b) capital, credit, land, especially as regards property rights and use;
(c) development of rural strategies aimed at establishing a framework for participatory decentralised planning, resource allocation and management;
(d) agricultural production strategies, national and regional food security policies, sustainable development of water resources and fisheries as well as marine resources within the economic exclusive zones of the ACP States. Any fishery agreement that may be negotiated between the Community and the ACP States shall pay due consideration to consistency with the development strategies in this area;
(e) economic and technological infrastructure and services, including transport, telecommunication systems, communication services and the development of information society;
(f) development of competitive industrial, mining and energy sectors, while encouraging private sector involvement and development;
(g) trade development, including the promotion of fair trade;
(h) development of business, finance and banking; and other service sectors;
(i) tourism development; and
(j) development of scientific, technological and research infrastructure and services; including the enhancement, transfer and absorption of new technologies;
(k) the strengthening of capacities in productive areas, especially in public and private sectors.”

Scope: 
Africa

“ARTICLE 26

Youth issues

Cooperation shall also support the establishment of a coherent and comprehensive policy for realising the potential of youth so that they are better integrated into society to achieve their full potential. In this context, cooperation shall support policies, measures and operations aimed at:

(a) protecting the rights of children and youth, especially those of girl children;
(b) promoting the skills, energy, innovation and potential of youth in order to enhance their economic, social and cultural opportunities and enlarge their employment opportunities in the productive sector;
(c) helping community-based institutions to give children the opportunity to develop their physical, psychological, social and economic potential; and
(d) reintegrating into society children in post-conflict situations through rehabilitation programmes.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“ARTICLE 50

Trade and Labour Standards

1. The Parties reaffirm their commitment to the internationally recognised core labour standards, as defined by the relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions, and in particular the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labour, the elimination of worst forms of child labour and non-discrimination in respect to employment.

2. They agree to enhance cooperation in this area, in particular in the following fields:
– exchange of information on the respective legislation and work regulation;
– the formulation of national labour legislation and strengthening of existing legislation;
– educational and awareness-raising programmes;
– enforcement of adherence to national legislation and work regulation...”

Scope: 
Africa