Fisheries agreements under Lomé convention

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (1991) Fisheries agreements under Lomé convention. Brussels, Belgium, ICSF Liaison Office, (SAMUDRA Dossier, 4)

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Abstract

Originally, the Lomé convention aimed to be the framework for genuine development cooperation between the Old Continent and its former colonies. It was an instrument which, without being a cure for all ills, provided substantial guarantees for countries that had been exhausted by years of economic, political and cultural domination by Europe. However, from the 80's onwards, the demands made by neo-liberalism and the priority given to the market economy overrode the research effort and support deployed in favour of autonomous and balanced development of countries which nevertheless make up a majority of the so-called "lesser developed countries" (LDC's). The fishery Accords in particular, despite the financial compensation they bring with them and the additional aid for training and research, do not contribute to any real development of ACP countries' fisheries. There is a simple reason for this: they are commercial, rather than development agreements. They are a god-send for the industrial fleets of the European Community which, thanks to the Accords, are granted the enormous advantage of being able to exploit for their own profit waters which are rich in both fish and shell-fish of high commercial value. Without these Accords, the fishing fleets of the rich countries of Europe would be forcibly laid up and their crews dismissed on account of the over-fishing in Northern waters. Moreover, the aid for research and training is largely piecemeal and the stipulations of the Accords are by no means obeyed as they should be. For example, very few fishermen from ACP countries have found a berth on board European Community vessels for training purposes, as the Lome Convention gives them the right to expect. The new Lome Accords signed in 1990 give no reason to believe that the EC is moving towards a more committed policy of development cooperation. The economic demands of the 1993 Single Market, the channelling of aid towards the new democracies in the East, the search for more lucrative markets with more credit-worthy partners... are all ominous portents for the world's poorest countries. After being the most colonial of continents in the history of mankind, can it be that present-day Europe, or what will very soon become of it with the probable integration of certain countries from the East, is once again going to miss one of the great opportunities of History? As the third millenium dawns, Europe is being given a great chance : to make a full assessment of the poor countries' demo-graphic importance in the very near future, and to reply generously to their most basic needs. From this point of view, the development of small-scale fisheries in Third World countries is a vital issue. Will Europe meet this challenge? The future of relations between North and South is at stake. (53pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Fisheries agreements under Lomé convention
Corporate Creator/Author: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
Series Name: SAMUDRA Dossier
Number: 4
Date: 1991
Publisher: ICSF Liaison Office
Place of Publication: Brussels, Belgium
Issuing Agency: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 258
Depositing User: ICSF International Collective in Support of Fishworkers
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2007 13:20
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:20
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/258

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