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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Union and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
New trade stemming from the EPA will not be very extensive, and any poverty reduction effects will also likely be quite small.
The inaugural Tripartite Regional Dialogue will ensure inclusive participation of the private sector in the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations.
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.
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).
The European Union has signed €85m in grants to facilitate regional integration through removal of internal trade barriers.
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.
Text agreed to July 2014, the tariffs in October 2015, to be signed May 2016.
The East African Community partner states have agreed on the outstanding trade issues under the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
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.
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 states that its aims include harmonisation and improvement of regional trading arrangements, enhancement of trade facilitation.
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.
Removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to facilitate increased regional trade dominated the deliberations that buttressed the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement