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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

MEDIA ALERT: The 6th Annual SA-EU Summit: Expert commentary from SAIIA

  Chevon Erasmus Porter
South Africa and the European Union meet in Pretoria today  for the 6th annual SA-EU summit. While this meeting is another step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two, SA’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, said on Tuesday, that of particular importance this year are the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

As part of its research mandate, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) tracks the political and economic engagements of this strategic partnership. Here are a few resources we hope will assist as you report the summit:

From the Diplomatic Pouch:


SA-EU Summit 2013: Investment and Jobs in South Africa and SADC?
by Lesley Wentworth and Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott
South Africa hosts the 6th South Africa (SA) - European Union (EU) Summit on 18 July 2013, symbolically, on former President Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. At the end of the apartheid period, the Mandela administration began to negotiate the terms of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), and signed with the EU in 1999. This freed up trade between SA and the EU region with a planned phase-in over 12 years. Read More

South Africa and the European Union: moving beyond asymmetry
by Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari
Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, and the conclusion of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) in 1999, the relationship between South Africa and the European Union has grown incrementally to reach the level of a strategic partnership in 2007. The strategic partnership is built on two strands: enhanced political dialogue and cooperation on regional, African and global affairs; and stronger cooperation in economic and social sectors. Read More

Experts for commentary and analysis:


Catherine Grant Makokera is the head of SAIIA’s Economic Diplomacy Programme. She is available to discuss some of the economic aspects such as trade and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations.

Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari is the head of SAIIA’s South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers Programme. He is available to discuss the political and diplomatic aspects of the summit/SA-EU relations.

To arrange for interviews, please contact:

Ms. Chevon Erasmus Porter
SAIIA Communications Manager
Mobile: +27 82 820 8036
Twitter:@ChevPorter (follow for updates on SAIIA’s media work)
Tel: +27 11 339 2021

Email: media@saiia.org.za or Chevon.ErasmusPorter@wits.ac.za


Issued by: The South African Institute of International Affairs