SADC ramps up to seal EPA
As the December deadlines for the signing of a key trade agreement approaches, another round of negotiations between SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) countries and their EU counterparts will get underway in South Africa next week.
In June, ministers from the seven EPA countries met in Gaborone and approved timelines for the finalisation and signing of a comprehensive EPA with the EU. Under the agreement, the states committed themselves to resolving sticking points that have seen negotiations drift past the original December 2007 deadline, enforceable by the World Trade Organisation.
The SADC-EPA group also committed itself to [continue reading]