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Economic Partnerships Maputo - Mozambique, 1-2 March 2010

EU-SADC EPA information seminar

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The EU-SADC information seminar for private sector, government and NGOs from Southern African Development Community EPA region took place in Maputo on 1-2 March 2010 to discuss the state of play of the EU-SADC EPA.

The trade and development agreement was initialed in 2007 and then signed in June 2009 by Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique, with Namibia pending.
Angola and South Africa did not join this first agreement but are negotiating a broader regional agreement.

Participants in the seminar addressed all issues at stake in the EPA process in the region, including the state of play of negotiations, and the way forward, taking into consideration the different scenarios.

The Export Helpdesk database and ProInvest funding opportunities were also presented at the seminar. Working Groups went into the details of EPA provisions for trade in goods, also addressing technical issues such as sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards, rules of origin; trade in services and investment, with its potential for unlocking key resources in the region for sectors such as, for instance, telecommunications, banking, transport and tourism.

The EU will be considering follow-up actions to this seminar, so as to keep working with key stakeholders in the region and ensure they can make the most of the EU-SADC EPA.

Agenda for the seminar: EN PT
Press Release: EN PT
European Commission: EPA communication challenges
European Commission: The EPA negotiating process with ACP countries
European Commission: EU-SADC EPA negotiations
European Commission: Presentation of Export Helpdesk activities
Denis Massart, Pro€Invest: Its activities in the region and link with EPA

Workshop I
European Commission: Services and Investment
Paul Kruger, Tralac: Service and Investment in Developing Countries, What is happening behind the borders?

Workshop II
Moustapha Magumu, Advisor (SPS & Public Health), EU Delegation to the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: EU-SADC EPA - SPS