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New on our Knowledge Center: The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) policies of the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and the way forward for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)

Published on June 08, 2017

SPS-_Knowledge_Management.JPGThe Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) policies of the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and the way forward for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is a brief by the Trade Law Centre (Tralac), with the support of the Development Assistance section of the German Government through the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB).

The report is based on a recently completed study comparing the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) policies of the African RECs. The study focuses on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This trade brief provides an introduction to the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and an overview of the WTO SPS Agreement, together with a brief list of general observations, identified issues and some recommendations on the way forward for the CFTA.