EFTA and SACU continue negotiations on an updated and expanded free trade agreement

Published 05-11-2021
Senior officials and experts from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Member States met through videoconference on 3 and 4 November 2021 to continue their negotiations on an updated and expanded free trade agreement.

Mr Lars Erik Nordgaard, chief negotiator at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries acted as the EFTA spokesperson, while Ambassador Xavier Carim, Deputy Director General, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa, headed the SACU delegation. The review process covers trade in goods, rules of origin, trade facilitation and trade and sustainable development.

The delegations informed each other of domestic developments that happened since the last round, including the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and uneven recoveries. They exchanged views on the steps needed to move the review process forward and took stock of all issues outstanding under review in a constructive fashion showing their willingness to take the negotiations forward. Follow-ups to be completed before the parties meet again during the first semester of 2022 were agreed.

Read more about merchandise trade between EFTA and SACU here, based on EFTA data.

For further information, please contact:

  • Mr Thorfinnur Omarsson, Head of Information and Communication, EFTA Secretary-General's Office: tom@efta.int
  • Ms Kungo Mabogo, Communications Manager, SACU Secretariat: info@sacu.in
Head of Information and Communication
Secretary-General's Office

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