Third Quarter Report Financial Year 2012
During this quarter, SATH completed the country visits for the 2012 Audit of the Implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade with missions to Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In addition to tariff phase downs, the 2012 Audit included a review of the implementation of non-tariff barrier (NTB) commitments, trade facilitation instruments, rules of origin (ROO), sugar policy, an economic assessment of the impact of the FTA and a review of progress on related initiatives including competition policy. The draft of the Final Audit Report as well as the reports on ROO and the Implementation of the Annex on Sugar were presented to the SADC Trade Negotiating Forum in June 2012.
SATH undertook two-day Joint Border Committee (JBC) Action Plan operationalization workshops at both Kasumbalesa and Nakonde, in Zambia, to formulate specific time-bound activities for implementation by the JBCs and to identify areas of possible support by SATH as well as areas for which other donors can be mobilized with a view to facilitate implementation.
SATH and the US Commercial Services led a trade mission to South Africa in May for the NAMPO Harvest Day, which is the largest agricultural exhibition in Southern Africa. The United States (US) pavilion featured more than 20 US companies and 106 participants from Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, and Malawi as exhibitors and participants in the trade exhibition. The total value of transactions initiated and under negotiation per country during NAMPO are: Mozambique, US$234, 843; Malawi, US$120, 000; Botswana, US$100,000 and; Zambia US$323, 499. Total value of intra-regional trade transaction for the quarter is US$778,342.