The Role of Civil Society in SADC EPA Implementation

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a one-day policy advisory group seminar – in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa – on 17 July 2018 on the theme “South Africa, the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement, and Regional Integration in Southern Africa”.

The seminar brought together approximately 30 multisector stakeholders to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) – signed in June 2016 – between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African Development Community (SADC) states (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Swaziland).

One of the central aims of the meeting was to provide a platform for critical and constructive engagement between stakeholders, including civil society.

The seminar highlighted a number of ways in which civil society can play a key role in ensuring the EPA’s successful implementation.

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