Mmegi/The Reporter, Gaborone
Moroka Off for EPA Talks
23 April 2007
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced that the Minister, Neo Moroka, leaves for South Africa today for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade talks.
Moroka is expected to chair the eighth SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) involving Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.
The main objective of the meeting is to prepare for the start of the negotiations between EPA and the European Union (EU) and give new directions to the SADC/EPA senior officials ahead of negotiations with their EU counterparts.
It is hoped the negotiations will culminate in an EPA deal between the SADC group and the European Commission (EC) by the end of this year. The EPA is intended to replace the Cotonou Agreement
The minister and his entourage are expected to return the same day.