The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community EPA Group came into effect in October 2016. The SADC-EU EPA Outreach South Africa initiative supports the implementation of the Agreement by providing information on its potential benefits. It comprises the Delegation of the EU to South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the South African Revenue Service.  READ MORE

What the EPA means for South Africa

IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS
The SADC-EU EPA provides new and improved market access compared to the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA). Liberalisation now extends to 98.1% of all tariff lines.
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REGIONAL INTEGRATION
Regional integration is the process by which countries in a neighbourhood come together to pursue common objectives. It encourages cooperation between countries through the sharing of common resources and assets to achieve stability, peace and wealth.
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MORE FLEXIBLE RULES OF ORIGIN
EPA rules of origin allow for extended cumulation that can facilitate intra-regional trade and industrialisation
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ELIMINATING EXPORT SUBSIDIES
In a pioneering move, the parties forego export subsidies for any agricultural product exported to each other. The EPA does away with all such subsidies between the EU and the SADC EPA states.
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MORE EFFECTIVE SAFEGUARDS
A safeguard is an emergency measure introduced by a government to restrict imports of a product temporarily.
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  • IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS
  • REGIONAL INTEGRATION
  • MORE FLEXIBLE RULES OF ORIGIN
  • ELIMINATING EXPORT SUBSIDIES
  • MORE EFFECTIVE SAFEGUARDS

The EPA is both a technical agreement and a developmental agreement

Civil Society Forum 2017
To explore the developmental goals of the agreement, the Civil Society Forum was held in Johannesburg in October 2017. The Forum brought together people from business, labour, research institutions and non-governmental organisations, including environmental and social rights groups. Organisations from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland of the SADC EPA Group were represented.

Other notable aspects of the EPA