Strengthening economic and trade capacities in SADC

Botswana
GIZ, 2018 - 2022
Contract value: 2,609,979 EUR

The GIZ program Cooperation for the Enhancement of SADC Regional Economic Integration is a direct follow-up of the program strengthening of economic and trade policy capacities and competences in the SADC Secretariat. In the first three phases of this program, the GFA-led Consortium provided assistance to the SADC Secretariat to facilitate the adoption of an appropriate negotiating framework and process. With this support, the SADC Protocol on Trade in Services was signed by Heads of State in August 2012 and negotiations on the liberalization of six priority sectors (communication, transport, construction, finance, tourism, energy) were launched. The first round of negotiations was concluded in June 2018. The current program focuses on supporting member states to implement commitments of the first negotiation round and to prepare the launch of the second round of negotiations. It operates in four fields of activity:

  1. Elimination of NTBs related to the regional value chains that are prioritized for the industrialization strategy
  2. Implementation of the CTFP with a focus on trade-facilitation measures that are relevant for the industrialization agenda
  3. Introduction of a system to facilitate small-scale cross-border trade
  4. Support for the negotiations on trade in services in priority sectors

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