The ACP-EU Partnership agreement commonly referred to as the Cotonou Agreement brings together over 100 countries in an integrated trade, development assistance and political co-operation relationship. The agreement represents one of the most comprehensive partnership agreement in the world, concluded between groups of developing countries on the one hand and developed countries on the other. The agreement consists of a basic framework of 100 articles supplemented by Annexes, Protocols, annexes to protocols, single and joint declarations integral to the legal text. This wealth of information makes the agreement both complex and difficult to follow. It is this complexity which has given rise to the production of this User's Guide to the Cotonou Agreement. By way of a simple question and answer format, the guide simplifies the agreement making it more accessible to end users, who include, amongst others, policy-makers, the private sector and other stakeholders, thereby making greater use of resources and enhancing the opportunities available under the agreement.
Putting the Cotonou Agreement in Context The Purpose of the User's Guide Part 1: The Structure of the Cotonou Agreement 1.1 A Breakdown of the Basic Provisions 1.2 The Annexes to the Cotonou Agreement Part 2: Development Assistance under the Cotonou Agreement 2.1 Overview 2.2 Co-operation with ACP Countries 2.3 Co-operation with ACP Regions 2.4 The Investment Facility 2.5 The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation 2.6 The Centre for the Development of Enterprise 2.7 The Programme Review Process 2.8 Non-state Actors and the Cotonou Agreement 2.9 The Private Sector and the Cotonou Agreement 2.10 Project Submission 2.11 Administrative Structures 2.12 Implementation of Co-operation Activities Part 3: Trade Arrangements under the Cotonou Agreement 3.1 Overview 3.2 Current Market Access Arrangements 3.3 Future ACP-EU Trade Arrangements Part 4: Political Relations under the Cotonou Agreement 4.1 Political Relations under the Cotonou Agreement Annexes