GIS - June 05, 2012: The 4th Meeting of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Committee of Senior Officials opened this morning at Grand Bay International Conference Centre.
The two-day Meeting follows the 3rd Meeting of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Trade Negotiating Forum held from 1st to 3 June at the same venue. Discussions are focusing on Draft Rules of Procedure for Policy Organs and Summit; and, Tripartite Trade Negotiating Forum Meetings on the Tripartite FTA negotiations, amongst others.
In his opening address, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr. A. P. Neewoor, said that the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite initiative is an important milestone in the integration of the African Continent. It will pave the way for enhanced cooperation and is considered as a stimulus to creating a single economic space on the Continent, he said, adding that Mauritius attaches a lot of importance to the tripartite initiative and is keen to see development in this process.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of SADC and current chairperson of the Tripartite Task Force Secretariat, Dr A. Salomao, called upon senior officials to really ensure that at the end of the two days’ meeting a clear way forward is adopted, especially as regards the aim to have the enlarged FTA in the region.
Africa hailed as Continent of hope, says Minister Boolell
Africa is on the move and is being hailed by the international community as a Continent of hope. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, on 4 June 2012 at a reception hosted by Enterprise Mauritius in the context of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite technical meetings.
‘Looking at economic performance, Africa’s outlook is indeed very promising. The growth spurt over the last decade is poised to continue and the possibility of Africa’s lion economy overtaking the Asian tigers is not a distant future’, observed the Minister.
On the Tripartite process, Dr Boolell said that it has been agreed that right from the beginning, this process should build upon what have already been achieved in the three regional communities of COMESA, EAC and SADC, and to maintain the ‘acquis’. By adopting this principle, an inclusive process building on progress achieved over the years is being mooted which hopefully will facilitate the transition to the enlarged FTA, he added.