Negotiations for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area were officially launched the Second Tripartite Summit in June 2011. The summit agreed on the principles, processes, scope, roadmap and timelines for establishing the FTA. It also established an institutional framework for negotiations, namely the Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum (TTNF), the inaugural meeting of which took place from 7 – 9 December in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Second Meeting of the TTNF took place at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka Zambia on 12th to 14th March. The purpose of this meeting was:
- To take stock of preparations for negotiating the Tripartite FTA to date, including exchange of tariffs and trade information and data, as well as trade instruments
- To forge a common understanding of the adopted Negotiation Principles
- To establish Technical Working Groups
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