European Union signs interim EPAs with some SADC countries

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.06.2009 1:08:52 P

The future of the South African Customs Union (SACU) was this week again put under the sportlight when the European Union (EU) signed interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with some members of ‘SADC-EPA’ group leaving others out.

Botswana, which chairs the negotiations, Lesotho and Swaziland put their signatures after they initialled the agreement by the end of 2007 to allow smooth trade between EU and the region while a full agreement was being sort.

“The signing of the interim EPA marks a significant milestone in our trade negotiations. It ensures uninterrupted flow of SADC EPA goods into the EU market,” Neo Moroka, Chairman of the SADC group said after the signing in Brussels.

“There are still some outstanding issues to [continue reading]



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