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					    SADC Services
    Negotiations
    Recent Developments
                       Mauritius National Consultation
                    Workshop on SADC Services Negotiation
                          Port Louis, 16th July, 2012



Prepared by:
         Viola S. Nanyaro
         SADC Secretariat
         Gaborone,
         BOTSWANA
Introduction
• Started in 2000 by developing a Protocol
• The “Draft Protocol on Trade in Services” was adopted by
  Ministers of Trade in July 2009
• Adoption by Council and signature by HoD/S to follow after
  clearance by MoJ/AGs
• Nov. 2011 CMT decided that:
  • TNF Services should commence negotiations on liberalization
    commitment at its next meeting and;
  • Request MOJ to expeditiously clear the Draft Protocol for
    Signature by Summit
Introduction Cont.
• MoJ considered the Protocol in June, 2012
  • CoSO in April, 2012 amended the Draft Protocol to reflect the
    decision by CMT in Nov. 2011
  • Divergence was on the provisions for amendment of the Protocol
    ( art. 26 adoption of Annexes without ratification?)
  • From the divergence it was agreed that……..
• TNF Services convened in April, 2012
  • Developed a roadmap for the first round of negotiations
1st Round of Negotiation
    • Objective :
       • Each Member State will provide better treatment to SADC MS in
         each priority sector than is provided in their GATS schedule
       • No new restrictions to be introduced during the negotiations
         (“standstill”)
•     Plus: GATS Article V
      •   Substantial sectoral coverage (~ 6 sectors)
      •   And elimination of substantially all discrimination (~better than GATS
          commitments sufficient(?))
Timelines: 1st Round of Negotiations
                                            First phase: requests and offers

                                           Sector focus in the first phase:
                                            1) Communication Services
                                               2) Financial Services
                                               3) Transport Services
 Beginning of Negotiations




                                                4) Tourism Services



                              Requests                                 Requests
                             in at least                              in at least
                              2 sectors                                2 sectors
                                                     Offers in
                                                                                    Offers in
                                                     at least 2
                                                                                    at least 2
                                                      sectors
                                                                                     sectors

                                                       end
April                        end August
                                                     November
                                                                       end March    end June
2012                            2012                                     2013         2013
Timeline 1st Round of Neg. (ctd.)
    Energy-related and
                               Additional Elements:
   Construction Services
• Requests: end August     • Capacity building in the
  2013                       MS
• Offers: End November     • Sector Studies (market
  2013                       analysis in all MS)
                           • Sector Fora (bringing
                             regional stakeholders
                             together)
                             • Transport ~ September
                               2012
                             • Communication ~
                               October 2012

				
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