SACUM.Trade

 

The SACUM Trading Block has reached a Post Brexit Economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the UK

SACUM Member countries are:

 Botswana

Eswatini

Lesotho

Mozambique,

Namibia

South Africa

EPAs are principally development-focused trade agreements that aim to promote increased trade and investment. They contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

The UK and Southern African Customs Union member states (SACU) and Mozambique have signed the SACUM-UK EPA. It will be the basis of economic and trade relations once the EPA is given effect.

This agreement replaces the EU-Southern African Development Community (SADC) economic partnership agreement.In the agreement, the UK commits to providing immediate duty-free, quota-free access to goods exported from the SACU member states and Mozambique, except for South Africa.

In exchange, the SACU member states and Mozambique commit to gradual tariff liberalisation of goods. Some domestically sensitive products in the SACU member states and Mozambique are excluded from tariff liberalisation.

To fully realise the opportunities that the agreement can bring to the SACU member states, Mozambique and the UK, the EPA provides for development cooperation to support the full implementation of the agreement.

The agreement includes provisions on:

Intellectual property and geographical indications
Government Procurement
Competition
Trade in services
Trade remedies

The UK-SACUM agreement is expected to take effect from 1 January 2021

 

A WINDOW FOR POST BREXIT TRADE

Trade windows will be required for UK Organizations to maximize the benefits of the SACUM-UK EPA and vice versa. SACUM.Trade will operate as such a Trade window, and will use features as detailed below to facilitate this

VIDEO CONFERENCING

Video Conferencing has now become an essential prop for Trade.

The Video Conferencing Programme featured on this site from Conferences.Center, will help enable business relationships, and plan projects.

Conferences.Center facilitates Video conferences, online meetings, and chat sessions. These play a significant role in providing and maintaining good communication which is very important for Trade.

BLOCKCHAIN

This site is part of a wider Trade Networks Programme, which brings together Buyers, Manufacturers, Sellers, Supply Chain Finance Providers, and other players in relevant Supply chains. Buyers, can enjoy the benefits of accessing suppliers easily, wherever they are. Suppliers, can also access buyers, as part of a Blockchain Facilitated Programme.

The Coronavirus Pandemic means that the way business is done will never be the same again. However, it has thrown up new opportunities. Those who adapt fast and digitize their business, will be able to take advantage of these new opportunities. This site can help organizations take advantage of those new opportunities.

A range of Blockchain services can be accessed from this site. As far as Blockchain Adoption is concerned, it can be overwhelming for organizations to consider adopting a new process that also requires a steep learning curve of a new technology.

Users of this site can access simple entry points to utilize Blockchain for Trade, in a relatively simple and straightforward manner that requires no technical integration. A full training and support Programme is also available on request. Please contact us for more information.

All trade parties on the Blockchain can share data as they deem appropriate. Some Features of the Blockchain are detailed below.

Blockchain can eliminate the need for trust in transactions, thanks to the fact that it facilitates the use of transparent and immutable smart contracts.

Blockchain offers potential for easing and speeding up transactions between trading partners. Advantages include:

– Improving supply chain visibility and transparency

– Reduction of transaction costs

– Tracking of products moving through the supply chain

– Facilitating the sharing of information across the Supply Chain

Please contact us for more information on the above. Please also see links below that can help access useful information, as well as useful online services for Trade.

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