3rd Meeting of the Tripartite Technical Committee on Movement of Business Persons
3-6 November 2014,
The 3rd meeting of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Technical Committee on Movement of Business Persons (TTC-MBP) will be held on 3-6 November 2014, at Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius.
The first COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Summit held in October 2008, in Uganda, took major decisions in terms of moving towards a single market. One of the immediate priorities is to establish an enlarged Free Trade Area (FTA) encompassing the 26 Member States of COMESA, SADC and EAC. The Summit also agreed that negotiations to facilitate the movement of business persons should run in parallel with the negotiations on the Tripartite FTA, but on a separate track.
The issue of movement of business persons is very important to our regional integration process. The mobility of business persons is a key factor of free and open trade. Facilitating access for our businessmen to move in the region provides benefits in terms of reduced delays, costs and burdensome administrative procedures, thereby leading to more efficient flow of goods, services, capital and people. Without an appropriate framework on the movement of business persons, the benefits of regional integration would be undermined.The 3rd meeting of the TTC-MBP will pursue discussions on a draft negotiating text on the Movement of Business Persons. Some 100 delegates from the 26 Tripartite Member States are expected to participate in the meeting.