Seretse to Meet Norwegian Counterpart

| January 22, 2015

Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Vincent Seretse is scheduled to attend a bilateral meeting with the Norwegian minister of trade on January 26.

A news release from the ministry stated that the two ministers would discuss the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Generalised System of Preference (GSP) and the Free Trade Area (FTA) Beef Quota Review.

The objective of the joint ministerial meeting will be to consider issues and developments in the agricultural sector in Norway, which might have possible negative impact on the Botswana-Namibia beef quota.

The release said the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) and the Namibian Meat Company had learned of the review processes in the Norwegian market, where the Norwegian government was restructuring their agricultural support framework with a view to opening up their markets for global competition.

These initiatives, said the release, would have outcomes which require extensive consultations to ensure protection of the SACU market, where the beneficiaries were mainly Botswana and Namibia.

The release said considering further that the review process of the Southern African Customs Union and European Free Trade Area (SACU-EFTA) Agreement had commenced, the outcomes of engaging with the Norwegian counterpart would provide inputs into SACU’s position which will contribute to the review of the SACU EFTA Agreement during the first quarter of 2015.

It further stated that as Botswana and Namibia shared the same quota, the minister would be joined by his Nambian counterpart, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Carl HG Schlettwein.

The Botswana delegation will include representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and the BMC.

Source : Ministry of Trade and Industry

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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