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Southern Africa: Botswana - Angola may join free trade zone in 2017
Angola will join the Free Trade Zone of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in 2017, if the country takes the necessary steps
Swaziland to eliminate barriers to ratification, approval of Tripartite FTA
Swaziland will eliminate in any way possible barriers to the ratification and approval of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).
SADC summit to focus on economic transformation
Leaders from Southern Africa meet for their annual summit this month in Botswana, united by a common objective to improve the socio-economic situation in the region.
SADC to set new Customs Union deadline
After missing the 2010 deadline, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will now negotiate a new target date for the transformation of the organisation into a Customs Union (CU), during the 2015 Ordinary Summit.
International investment agreements and Africa’s structural transformation: a perspective from South Africa
The brief describes the widening debate on the implications of international investment agreements for sustainable development and outlines the broad features of alternative policy approaches to foreign direct investment
Time running out for states to sign TFTA
Finalisation of negotiations on outstanding TFTA areas especially with regard to rules of origin, trade remedies, and dispute settlement will be introduced following the launch of a post-signature implementation plan
SADC, EU inch closer to ratifying EPA agreement
The European Union and Southern African Development Community are on the verge of finalising the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement.
Botswana, EU discuss EPA negotiations progress
Botswana Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse has met with European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Mamstrom in Gaborone to discuss the finalisation of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Half of Africa joins in a free trade zone
African leaders have established a single free trade area encompassing 26 countries and 625 million people in eastern and southern Africa. And next week, they’ll kick off a process to negotiate an all-Africa trade pact.
FTA completion depends on unification of origin rules, customs: Abdel Nour
The completion of the Free Trade Area (FTA) procedures among the three African blocs, SADC, COMESA and the East African Community (EAC), depends on the unification of the rules of origin and tariff, according to Egypt’s Minister of Industry and Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour.
African officials say trade deal ready for signing
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) spanning 26 countries is to be launched at a summit of heads of state and government on Wednesday in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
CTI applauds move towards an African FTA
Plans by African leaders to launch an ambitious Free Trade Area comprising of 26 countries and backed by over 600 million people next month are in the right direction for the private sector.
East Africa: Trade bloc merger talks end with May date
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) covering 26 countries will be launched in May, it has been agreed.
Tripartite free trade area in Africa to launch in May: AU official
A senior official of African Union (AU) said Tuesday the long-awaited tripartite free trade area between three regional blocs is expected to be launched in May in Cairo, Egypt.
Regional agreements gaining steam
While bilateral free trade agreements, as a means to further the market-opening and rule-making agenda, have been globally picking up steam, there have also been parallel efforts to usher in a plethora of regional trade agreements and economic unions.
Egypt to add more jobs, trade agreements in 2015
The Egyptian government expects to begin negotiations for free trade agreements with the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as with African economic blocs such as COMESA, SADEC and EALA, and to sign a deal with MERCOSUR in Latin America.
The SADC model BIT template: Towards a new standard of investor protection in southern Africa
The 2012 SADC model BIT proposes new thinking and a sharp deviation from today’s policies, tralac says.
TFTA - COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite FTA
As published by tralac
Africa regional blocs eye joint pact
Most of the clauses in the agreement — to be signed this month in Cairo — have been finalised, apart from the preamble and the rules of origin.
Are Comesa, EAC, SADC realistic in plotting Africa’s free trade area?
If one takes a look at the real big winners in this project, it will soon be realized that multinational corporations mostly from Europe, North America and to some extent Asia which have set up base in Cairo, Johannesburg and Nairobi will be real winners.