The EU and selected members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Kasane (Botswana) on the 10th of June 2016. The EPA will significantly shift the trade relations between the EU and Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. Business would need to consider and prepare for implementation so as to reap optimal rewards. This dialogue lunch would reflect on where business could gain from the EPA and how to minimise the impacts of potentially negative outcomes.
With more than 10 years of experience and successful completion of several agro-food (and other) dossiers, AEAC (www.aeac.co.za) has become a leading specialist consulting firm for African-European trade issues. It is positioned strongly in Brussels through its sister company EPPA (www.eppa.com), which has almost 30 years of operational success, advising and cooperating with leading Fortune 500 companies on European issues, but also working with the EU Commission and governments on public policy issues, such as steering the work of a tripartite High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, which provided inputs for the organisation and programme of the new Commission (www.highlevelgroup.eu).