Which opportunities will the SADC EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) offer to businesses in the region?

After extensive negotiations, the SADC EU Economic Partnership Agreement is expected to be signed in June 2016, thereby strengthening the EU SADC partnership and opening up new opportunities for business.

The salient aspects for companies operating in those SADC countries who are party to the agreement are:

  • guaranteed duty-free, quota-free market access,
  • asymmetric market access,
  • a large number of safeguards,
  • flexible rules of origin, and
  • an improved investment climate.
  • Elimination  of EU  export subsidies for agricultural products 

The following two presentations provide more details on the actual product categories:

The SADC EU EPA itself can be found here together with its envisaged roadmap. Additional information on the EU SA trade partnership is available here.