Sadc Trade Agreements

The CDAA`s Trade Protocol (2005), as amended, provides for the creation of a free trade area in the CDAA region by 2008, and its objectives are to further liberalize intra-regional trade in goods and services. Ensure efficient production contribute to improving the climate for domestic, cross-border and foreign investment; economic development, diversification and industrialization of the region. Mauritian operators operating in the region are urged to use the online system to report NTBs that occur. The website lists the different types of NTBs that can be reported on the system. Once the complaint is registered in the database, it is recorded with a reference number. This reference number can be used to control who is responsible for managing the notified NTB and any specific results. The online system also publishes information on procedural, legislative or regulatory changes announced by Member States in the three RECs, so that all traders can remain informed at all times of the business requirements. The CDAA supports the intensification of free trade as part of its agenda for the eradication of poverty in southern Africa. As part of its long-term regional integration goals, the CDAA established a free trade area in 2008.

In this area, Member States withdrew tariffs on trade between them, but were able to impose their own external tariffs on imports from third countries. In January 2008, 12 Member States signed free trade agreements that reduce tariffs to 85% of intra-regional imports. Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Seychelles have yet to join the free trade area. Non-participating Member States currently benefit from the assistance of the accession secretariat. The Southern African Development Community (CDAA) Trade Protocol (1996), as amended in 2010, is one of the main legal instruments that guide the CDAA`s trade work. This is an agreement between CDAA member states to reduce tariffs and other barriers to trade in imported goods between CDAA member states. The protocol provided for the creation of a free trade area in the region. The Regional Strategic Development Plan aimed to implement the CDAA Free Trade Area by 2008 and a customs union by 2010. Trade liberalization refers to the process of opening markets to international trade by reducing trade restrictions, including tariffs and non-tariff barriers to imports and exports of goods. Given that the process of removing tariffs on sensitive products is ongoing until 2012, there is still potential for expansion of intra-SADC trade, as most of the sensitive list products, such as textiles and clothing, leather and leather products, are highly marketable products.

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