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EFTA and SACU discuss review of Free Trade Agreement
On 3 and 4 November, EFTA and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) held a Joint Committee meeting in Walvis Bay, Namibia, during which delegations discussed the modalities and scope of a review of the EFTA-SACU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The Parties agreed to engage in a review process of the FTA in the areas of customs and origin matters and market access for trade in goods. The review process may also include discussions on trade facilitation and trade and sustainable development.
Mr Erik-Andreas Underland, Chief Negotiator for Norway, acted as EFTA’s spokesperson. Ms Emily Mphahlele, Director in South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, led the SACU delegation in technical discussions, while Ms Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Deputy Director General in South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, chaired the Joint Committee on behalf of SACU.
EFTA and SACU agreed to hold a first round of technical discussions in spring 2017 in Geneva.
The EFTA-SACU FTA entered into force on 1 May 2008. Merchandise trade between SACU and EFTA amounted to USD 3.5 billion in 2015.