In Tralac, JB Cronjé, tralac Researcher, comments on negotiations towards an agreement on movement of business persons under the Tripartite Free Trade Area
At the launch of the negotiations for the establishment of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) comprising the Members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in June 2011, the Members agreed to conduct the negotiations in two phases. Phase I of the negotiations included trade in goods and movement of business persons “on a separate track”. The trade in goods part of the negotiations were more-or-less concluded in June 2015 with the signing of the TFTA Agreement by sixteen of the twenty six negotiating Member States. The TFTA Agreement now awaits the submission of fourteen instruments of ratification before its entry into force. In the meantime, the TFTA Agreement remains open for signature by the other negotiating Members. Any Member of the African Union may accede to the TFTA Agreement after its entry into force.
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