Trade is essential to the economic development of a region. However, it also has broader benefits that support the process of regional integration. Nations that expand trade with others by liberalizing trade policy increase economic growth and improve the quality of life of their people. The CDAA aims to facilitate trade by simplifying, harmonizing, standardizing and modernizing regional customs procedures. Mauritian operators operating in the region are urged to use the online system to report NTBs that occur. The website lists the different types of NTBs that can be reported on the system. Once the complaint is registered in the database, it is recorded with a reference number. This reference number can be used to control who is responsible for managing the notified NTB and any specific results. The online system also publishes information on procedural, legislative or regulatory changes announced by Member States in the three RECs, so that all traders can remain informed at all times of the business requirements. The CDAA is committed to removing trade barriers, such as import/export quotas and administrative monitoring. The online NTB monitoring mechanism is available on www.tradebarriers.org.

Operators can report and directly monitor the removal of barriers in the COMESA, ABC and SADC regions. This new system increases transparency and facilitates the tracking of notified and identified NBS. This web-based NTB system is accessible to all economic operators, civil servants, scientific researchers and other interested parties. In the future, SADC is building on the benefits of the free trade area in its next goal of creating a customs union that adds a common external tariff to third countries to domestic free trade within the region. The ultimate goal is to create a common CDAA market that will benefit from internal free trade, a common law and the free movement of labour and capital between Member States. IG: The EPA contains a bilateral protocol between the EU and South Africa on the protection of geographical indications and trade in wines and spirits. The EU will protect names such as rooibos, South Africa`s famous infusion and many wine names such as Stellenbosch and Paarl. In return, South Africa will protect more than 250 EU names in the food, wine and spirits categories.

The CDAA supports the following strategies to promote trade throughout southern Africa: SADC supports increasingly free trade as part of its agenda for the eradication of poverty in southern Africa. As part of its long-term regional integration goals, the CDAA established a free trade area in 2008.

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j$k1914501j$kTrade is essential to the economic development of a region. However, it also has broader benefits that support the process of regional integration. Nations that expand trade with others by liberalizing trade policy increase economic growth and improve the quality of life of their people. The CDAA aims to...