The pros and cons of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the context of Member States’ trade relations with the European Union (EU)

  • Małgorzata Czermińska Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University
  • Joanna Garlińska-Bielawska Cracow University of Economics
Keywords: Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC), international trade

Abstract

The article aims to present the benefits and costs for the SADC member countries of the conclusion of EPA and of the implementation of trade liberalisation thereunder, in the light of their trade relations with the European Union. The hypothesis adopted is that for the majority of the SADC countries entering into the agreement will involve improved access for their products to the EU market. The assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the conclusion of an EPA will take account of a situation in which the countries of the region would not sign an EPA: how their customs status would change and whether it would affect the conditions of trade with the European Union.

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Published
2018-02-28
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Czermińska, M., & Garlińska-Bielawska, J. (2018). The pros and cons of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the context of Member States’ trade relations with the European Union (EU). Central European Review of Economics & Finance, 23(1), 69-85. https://doi.org/10.24136/ceref.2018.006
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