The UK is an important export market and Brexit could have a tangible impact for South African exports. By the end of October 2019, at the latest, the United Kingdom will not be legally part of the European Union (EU), nor a signatory to the EU’s trade agreements, including the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The Cape Chamber’s Agribusiness & International Trade and Tourism Portfolio Committees, in collaboration with the Trade Law Centre (tralac) will be hosting an information session to analyse how South Africa might be impacted by Brexit.
The session will be presented by Ms Trudi Hartzenberg: Executive Director at tralac and Professor Gerhard Erasmus: Associate at tralac.
Ms Hartzenberg has a special interest in trade-related capacity building. Her research areas include trade policy issues, regional integration, investment, industrial and competition policy.
Professor Erasmus is a founder of tralac and Professor Emeritus (Law Faculty) at the University of Stellenbosch. He has consulted for governments, the private sector and regional organisations in Southern Africa. He has also been involved in the drafting of the South African and Namibian Constitutions.
Ms Hartzenberg and Professor Erasmus will review the implications for trade with the UK and discuss:
– A brief overview of Brexit since the June 2016 referendum
– The Good Friday Agreement between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland (which belongs to the UK)
– A new South Africa / SACU / SADC – UK ‘negotiated’ trade agreement
– The implications of the ‘continuity’ agreement for South Africa’s trade with the UK
– We look forward to your organisation’s attendance and engagement at the meeting. Attendees will also be given feedback on their questions and concerns raised at the meeting
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