Six Decades of Unequal Development
Chapter 7: Lomé: Reflecting North–South Relations since Colonial Times
CHAPTER 7 4/7/01 1:33 pm Page 1 7. Lomé: reflecting North-South relations since colonial times The history of Lomé mirrors North-South relations very well, including their origin in the colonial past. When the Treaty of Rome creating the European Economic Community (EEC) was signed in 1957 several signatories were colonial powers. Since they had no intention to sever economic links with their colonies the treaty had to contain clauses (Article 131 et seq.) linking these colonies with the Community. The first European Development Fund (EDF 1) was established. Naturally, the colonized were not asked for their approval. After decolonization, international agreements became necessary to continue these relations with what now were independent countries. Yaoundé I and II were signed, the first Agreement of Yaoundé between the Six (original EEC members) and 18 newly independent African states. It abolished tariffs and trade barriers for nine agrarian commodities, reducing them for other products except for those considered sensitive by the Europeans (whose production was of interest to EEC agricultural policy). Provisions for capital movements and locations of firms were included, aid by EDF 2 and the European Investment Bank was agreed on. In return, European exports had to be granted preferential treatment - or ‘reverse preferences’ - by the Yaoundé countries. Other SCs complained about massive trade diversions. This led to the Arusha Agreement with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, less generous than Yaoundé I, but the first breakaway from the strong concentration on francophone Africa. Yaoundé II invited all African states...
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