Workshop discusses trade issues in Southern Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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A workshop on the impact of international trade talks on southern Africa, convened by the Economic Commission for Africa, has discussed ways to improve the region’s access to global trade opportunities. The event, organised by ECA’s Trade and Regional Integration Division (TRID) and its Southern Africa sub-regional office, was held in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, 4-6 April 2005. The aim was to deepen the regional trade negotiators’ understanding of current Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) and the World Trade Organisation’s talks, as well as to define policies and strategies for the future. The UN Resident Representative in Mozambique, Marylene Spezzati, told participants that the workshop provided an opportunity to discuss trade issues concerning the proposed EPA, share experiences, identify challenges and define strategies. She also noted that NEPAD initiatives provided an enabling environment for trade and investment in the sub-region. The meeting was organized in collaboration with UNDP.