9TH ROUND OF EU-ESA 5- NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEEPENING OF THE INTERIM ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT 19 to 23 September 2022

The 9th round of technical negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA-5) (namely Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) on the deepening of the iEPA, was held in hybrid virtual mode from 19 to 23 September 2022. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Rammos, DG Trade, EU Commission and Mr Boodhoo, Director, International Trade Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade for the ESA-5.


Negotiations were held in parallel sessions on 11 issues, namely: Rules of Origin (ROO), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Agriculture, Trade in Services, Investment Liberalisation and Digital Trade (TiSIL&DT), Economic Development Cooperation (EDC), Dispute Settlement & Institutional Provisions, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Competition, Public Procurement, Trade and Sustainable Development, and Fisheries.


Commendable progress was made in all areas during this round. Both Parties agreed to pursue internal discussions on the texts and meet intersessionally to advance in the negotiations on some issues, notably, TiSIL&DT and Dispute Settlement.


The next round of negotiations will be held from 12 to 16 December 2022 in Brussels. It will include all issues covered by this deepening process. Some meetings will be covered via video-conference. The third meeting of Senior Officials will also take place to take stock of the progress made so far and provide guidance on the way forward.

 


International Trade Division
23 September 2022

Sources : ITD

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