Briefing from ROAPE Volume 8 Number 22
Lomé Convention & New International Order
One of the most debated topics in North-South relation is the Lomé Convention. Since it was agreed in 1975 it has attracted the attention of numerous commentators, some of whom have been favourable in their analysis, whilst others have been critical. The literature generated by this debate has become sufficiently diverse and expansive (especially with the agreement of the second Lomé Convention in 1980) to warrant some attempt at clarification of its main themes and the essential differences between the various schools of thought. Below, I have examined some of the main arguments put forward by those in favour of the Convention and those against it and attempted to relate their comments to the actuality of how the Convention has worked. The focus of our analysis will primarily be on Lomé 1, which was operational from July 1975 to March 1980.