Guide to Exporting to the EU under the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (Simplification of Trade agreements)

Apr 12, 2021

The Economic partnership agreements (EPAs) are trade and development arrangements between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries designed to facilitate the ACPs’ integration into the world economy through gradual trade liberalisation and improved trade-related cooperation. The EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to facilitate trade between both blocks in 2016. All 28 EU member states are part of this EPA and it also includes the SADC EPA Group, which consists of seven SADC Members States. Botswana is the coordinator of the SADC EPA Group at Ministerial level. The EPA opens up vast opportunities for promoting bilateral trade between Botswana, and its SADC partners, in a market of 450 million consumers with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Euros 14.9 trillion. The EU is one of the largest and most dynamic trading regions in the world.

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