The potential impact of US-SACU FTA negotiations on public health in southern Africa
By Tenu Avafia
This Working Paper was written by Tenu Avafia, a tralac researcher, and examines the potential impact of the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between SACU and the United States from the perspective of public health. Avafia examines the ongoing negotiations and expresses concerns about the possible impact of the FTA on public health in the SACU region, particularly, the impact that the proposed FTA is likely to have on the ability of SACU countries to source the most affordable essential medicines required to address urgent public health concerns. Avafia goes on to say that it would be imprudent to enter into a bilateral agreement that contains less favourable provisions on essential medicines than those found in the multilateral arena such as the Doha Declaration on TRIPs and Public Health and the WTO General Council Decision of 30 August 2003.