Southern Africa: interim Economic Partnership Agreement a `Stepping Stone` – SADC

source: allAfrica
New Era (Windhoek)

11 March 2008
Posted to the web 11 March 2008

Catherine Sasman

SADC delegates meeting in Gaborone, Botswana last week agreed that the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) is a “stepping stone towards a more comprehensive agreement expected to be concluded towards the end of this year.

“The main objective of the EPA must be to consolidate the regional integration process and to foster growth and development in the region, as well as to establish a new and WTO-compliant [World Trade Organisation] legal basis for governing bi-regional trade relations,” said the joint declaration arrived at by SADC EPA states and Peter Mandelson, the European Trade Commissioner.

Minister of Trade and Industry Immanuel Ngatjizeko represented Namibia at the meeting.

It is understood that this gathering was the crunch time for [continue reading]

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