SADC: Exporting Professional Services

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Four SADC Member States are negotiating for trade in services liberalisation with the European Union. The objective of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Swaziland is to complement their regional services integration efforts with free trade relations for services and investment with the EU under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). A review of professional services in SADC reveals outdated policies and ill-adapted or poorly implemented regulations of many professions. This article reviews the professional services sector in the Participating SADC EPA (PSE) states and notes that the present negotiations should prompt the four Governments to engage in deep policy reforms not only to enable themselves to benefit from EPA, but more importantly to create competitive domestic markets for their professional services providers.

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