The Delegation of the European Union and African Farmers Association of South Africa hosted the Organic, Fair & Ethical Trade Event on 19 February 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town.
The event was attended by more than 140 participants and was a great success, thanks to the quality and engagement of the participants as well as useful presentations and the direction provided by the keynote addresses.
From March to November 2018, a research project was conducted, which focused on and was titled “Contribution of European Union Investments to Inclusive Growth in South Africa in South Africa”. The study, fully funded by the SA-EU Dialogue Facility and implemented at the initiative of the Black Management Forum (BMF) with an endorsement from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), comprised of a combination of company surveys, evaluation of publicly available B-BBEE Scorecard and Employment Equity Report data, deep dive workshops and a concluding panel discussion in the context of the BMF Annual Conference, 11 October 2018.
A delegation of members representing the International Trade (INTA) Committee of the European Parliament, the committee responsible for giving consent to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the European Union and partner countries and for monitoring the EPA, undertook a working-visit to South Africa from 29 – 31 October. The visit partly coincided with a parallel visit of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with South Africa, which culminated in the 26th SA-EU Inter-Parliamentary meeting in Cape Town.
The visit of the INTA delegation, led by Marietje Schaake, offered an ideal opportunity to assess the implementation of the SADC EPA and its contribution to sustainable and inclusive growth in the country, in particular ahead of the Presidential Summit held in Brussels on 15 November.
Good to discuss with Minister Gordhan how he is tackling state capture, and how the EU can be a stronger partner to South-Africa. The ‘whistle blowing box’ by the elevator said a lot too ↘️ (deleted previous tweet after accidentally linking to a parody account) pic.twitter.com/YJ10Kyw1AP— Marietje Schaake (@MarietjeSchaake) October 29, 2018
29 October, Department of Public Enterprise
The INTA delegation kicked-off their visit to South Africa with a high-level meeting with Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan. The Minister provided a good account of the efforts to bring back stability to State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), through handling the past, reforming management and looking at future models.
The meeting further focused on issues of mutual interest, specifically relating to public procurement and localisation policy; and how the Department is tackling state capture.
Exactly 100 years after the birth of Nelson Mandela, the 15th of November saw the EU-South Africa summit taking place in Brussels. South Africa is one of the European Union's ten Strategic Partners. Hence the summit represented a unique opportunity to build on Mandela's legacy and to assess the state of play of the whole range of issues under the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership.
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July 13, 2018 Gaborone, Botswana:
The Republic of Namibia will from 30th July -1 August, 2018 host the third SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek under the theme; Promoting Infrastructure and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development.
The SADC Industrialisation Week is a public-private engagement platform that helps to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the southern African region.
The EU will be presenting and we hope to see you all soon.
Some background documents:
The SADC-EU EPA includes a bilateral protocol on the protection of Geographical Indications (GIs).
The EU gets protection for 251 GIs including 120 wines. South Africa gets protection for 105 GI names: 102 wine names and three agricultural product names — Rooibos tea, Karoo lamb and Honeybush tea. South Africa can add 30 agricultural product names in the future.
20 November 2017, Cape Town
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