SADC ministers lobby EU on EPA deadline

Makgato-Malesu
Makgato-Malesu

SADC ministers led by Trade Minister, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, jetted off to Brussels yesterday to lobby the EU-Africa Summit ahead of the October deadline set by the EU for the completion of key trade talks.

 

In October, the European Union will expire a seven-year old market access directive under which 36 African Caribbean and Pacific states, including Botswana and other SADC countries, will lose the duty and quota free access to the EU market they are currently enjoying.

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