This project led to the production of a report analysing what were believed to be the latest versions of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) texts in each of the six negotiating regions in early November 2007. The report identifies areas of agreement and disagreement on important aspects of the EPA text. There remain huge gaps in the areas on which text has to be agreed. Because of this there can be no possibility that the report provides ‘an overview’ of the ‘characteristics of EPAs’ based on these documents – still less an economic assessment of their potential impact. None the less, in addition to the context-specific findings of the report, a number of more general findings have been flagged, such as none of the texts reviewed contained the detailed annexes, required in any agreements of this nature, to give effect to the decisions of principle embodied in the main text.
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