TradeMark Southern Africa, hosted a symposium in Maputo on 30 November 2012, to discuss challenges and innovative solutions for infrastructure financing across the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite. The symposium was held to coincide with the Second Meeting of the Friends of the Tripartite, supported by TMSA.
The TMSA Regional Integration Research Network (RIRN) was launched by Sarah Dunn, head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), currently the sole funder of TMSA. “The Network has been set up to provide a platform for exchanging information, facilitating dialogue and sharing best practice on designing and implementing trade facilitation interventions,” she reiterated.
The First Regional Truckers Forum took place from 14-16 March in Johannesburg. The Forum was a practical workshop devised to initiate active delegate participation with the objective of identifying workable and reasonable solutions to problematic inter regional transport issues. The forum was co-sponsored by TMSA.
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
Negotiations for an integrated market worth approximately 1 Trillion USD will commence in February next year. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA) will reduce tariffs imposed on goods originating and traded among the 26 countries of COMESA, EAC and SADC. This will allow countries to take advantage of their own strengths and, along with measures to reduces the cost of cross-border trade, this will help to make the region more competitive and to increase trade amongst the countries belonging to the FTA.
Over the last few years Africa has experienced an increase in the number of countries that are faced with increased incursions of the Asian fruit fly.
The real danger of this pest for the region lies in the fact that it has a wide range of hosts that it infests with serious negative implications for regional and international trade in agricultural products.
Its hosts include most commercially grown fruit and many vegetables including all of those that are traded within the SADC region and internationally.
Zambian Small Scale Growers (ZSSG) is a producer marketing organisation set up by Mack Multiples a leading fresh produce importer in the UK linking Zambian small-scale growers to high value UK markets. ZSSG is a not for profit agricultural marketing enterprise that was established in August 2008 with funding from ComMark. Mack Multiples, one of the biggest fresh produce importers in the United Kingdom, provided the co-funding of the project and technical support for the company establishment.
Agriculture is the main source of income for more than 65% of the population in Mozambique. Along with the fisheries sector, agriculture accounts for about 34% of the country’s exports. The National Fish Inspection Institute (INIP) is the competent authority responsible for the enforcement of all legal provisions related to fish safety.