The Tripartite Free Trade Area will comprise 28 countries, cover approximately 18.3 million square kilometers and hold about 61 percent of the continent’s population.
The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its commitment to continue trading with SADC EPA countries under the current trade arrangement despite its withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
The agreement brings together three regional economic communities – COMESA, EAC and SADC – into a single free trade area covering 57% of Africa’s population with a combined GDP of US$1.3 trillion as of 2015
Namibia will soon sign the Trade Related Facility Financing Agreement with the SADC Secretariat to enable the country to develop a plan for implementing the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Nineteen countries have now signed the agreement. For benefits to actually be realized, it must be ratified by at least 14 of the 26 member countries. Only Egypt has ratified it.
Ministers from 26 African countries are meeting in Kampala in another attempt to see through overdue negotiations on the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
A paltry eight African have so far ratified the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) more than two years after it was launched in Egypt, raising fears of a failed continental effort to create an expanded trade barrier free market.
Plans to establish a single market for the 26 African countries in the Eastern and Southern African region – known as the tripartite free trade area (TFTA) – could be overly ambitious.
The EU has been pressuring the ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) to sign and implement EPAs that would be destructive for these countries.
South African poultry producers are fully justified to accuse the EU of dumping.
The SADC poultry producers are suffering heavily from the competition of imports given that poultry is the first agricultural sector and that per capita consumption is one of the highest in the world.
The EU’s exports to SADC of 769,493 t of raw cereals in 2016 have received €42.535 M of subsidies.
South Africa’s poultry industry says it is on the brink of collapse due to hotly-denied accusations that the European Union is dumping cheap chicken in the country in a dispute over free trade.
As published by the European Commission
The 10th EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite meeting opened in Nairobi to resolve issues that remain outstanding before the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area.
The Joint Parliamentary Group has presented a non-legislative motion at the Parliament, urging the Government not to ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Southern African Development Community.
Southern African Development Community (SADC)-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) provisionally enters into force.
As the EU-SADC’s economic partnership agreement takes effect, the Obama administration has raised concerns that US companies have been left at a competitive disadvantage.
A trade deal with six developing African countries was agreed by the European Parliament – some nine years behind schedule.
African policy makers have for a long time taken keen interest in the promotion of intra-regional trade in order to bring about development in the continent.