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2nd Round of Technical Negotiations between the EU and Five Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Countries for the Deepening of the currently implemented Economic Partnership Agreement

Start Time: July 06, 2020 12:00 | End Time: July 08, 2020 12:00
Location: Newton Tower - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade
The European Union (EU) and the five Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries, namely Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe, implementing the interim Economic and Partnership Agreement, met virtually from 06 to 08 July to hold the second technical round of negotiations for the deepening of the agreement.

Negotiations focused on four topics, namely Rules of Origin (RoO), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Customs and Trade Facilitation (C&TF), and Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary issues (SPS).

Discussions took place in a constructive atmosphere, allowing progress on most of the issues.   With the exception of Rules of Origin, the Parties initiated negotiations on the basis of joint textual proposals.

The next round has tentatively been scheduled for the fourth week of November 2020 virtually.   The issues to be addressed in that round include Agriculture, Services and Investment and, Trade and Sustainable Development.

 

 

MFARIIT

09 July 2020​


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