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MEPs approve trade deal with six African states – nine years late
A trade deal with six developing African countries was agreed by the European Parliament – some nine years behind schedule.
Zambia ratifies the tripartite free trade area agreement
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.
Tension in SACU revealed by the SADC EPA
SACU has not lived up to the promises of the 2002 Agreement. The failure to fully implement that Agreement has resulted in a regional arrangement in limbo and policy paralysis.
Fears over partnership with EU
The African Farmers Association of SA (Afasa) fears an international economic partnership that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in South Africa will not, in the long run, benefit those on the ground.
Investment act may clash with SADC treaty
Legal practitioners have been saying for some time now that SA’s Protection of Investment Act is not in sync with the country’s commitments under the Southern African Development Community Protocol on Finance and Investment.
EU, six African countries sign EPA
The European Union and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Outlook for the EU-SADC economic partnership agreement
New trade stemming from the EPA will not be very extensive, and any poverty reduction effects will also likely be quite small.
Regional dialogue set to ensure the inclusiveness of the private sector in Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement negotiations
The inaugural Tripartite Regional Dialogue will ensure inclusive participation of the private sector in the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations.
Participation in Africa trade deal tenuous
26 African countries signed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement. However, only three of Africa’s eight regional economic communities are participating in the TFTA.
COMESA appreciates Tripartite FTA progress
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has appreciated the progress made so far in the negotiating process that include finalising the outstanding work in Phase 1 of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA).
EAC, Comesa receive €85 mn grant to aid regional integration
The European Union has signed €85m in grants to facilitate regional integration through removal of internal trade barriers.
EU-Southern Africa trade deal to be signed in Botswana in May
The European Union and five Southern African Development Community states will meet in Botswana in May to sign a trade deal that has taken at least 10 years to complete.
EU-SADC EPA (2015)
Text agreed to July 2014, the tariffs in October 2015, to be signed May 2016.
East African states agree on free trade area issues
The East African Community partner states have agreed on the outstanding trade issues under the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
Regional investment policy framework on the cards
A regional investment policy framework for southern Africa is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. The Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) Directorate at the SADC Secretariat said in its annual report that significant progress has been made to develop a regional investment policy framework. The regional programme on investment has the objective of strengthening the investment environment in southern Africa.
In African Union, globalist agenda becomes clear
The continent of Africa is being unified economically and politically under an EU-style continental regime beyond the reach of citizens. And the entire integration agenda is, in fact, being supported by powers that do not have the interests of Africans in mind.
TFTA: Pan-African free trade area announced
TFTA states that its aims include harmonisation and improvement of regional trading arrangements, enhancement of trade facilitation.
Tripartite FTA’s sugar industries vow to eliminate trade associated problems
In a bid to eliminate possible problems associated with sugar trade in Africa’s new trade agreement, the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), sugar industries of the bloc have resolved to speak in one unified voice.
Comesa drafts 2016-20 strategic plan
Removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to facilitate increased regional trade dominated the deliberations that buttressed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement
Southern Africa: is the latest FTA another booby prize for Africa?
Some petty "sovereign" economic interests are the main reason why a billion dynamic people in Africa with such incredible natural resources continue to live in poverty.