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    New Intra-regional Trade Programme in Southern Africa


    In Brief
    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2001 

    ITC has launched a new programme in early 1999 to promote regional exports to southern Africa, with financing from the Government of Switzerland. The programme was developed at the specific request of the trade promotion and business organizations southern African countries.

    ITC completed a trade-flow analysis to identify products that South Africa currently imports from outside the region, yet are available within the region and, in fact, are exported to other countries. The analysis estimates that export potential to South Africa is double the current export level.

    The results of the trade-flow analysis led countries of southern Africa to establish a priority list, which was reviewed and agreed upon at a Product Selection Workshop (Johannesburg, 4-6 May 1999). Five sectors were identified for further product and market development work. The first sector is fish and fish products. Detailed supply and demand analysis is now under way, carried out by the trade promotion and business organizations themselves, to be followed by a buyers-sellers meeting in Cape Town on 13 and 14 October 1999. Other sectors to be covered subsequently are wood and wood-based building materials, leather products, exotic produce and food products, and textiles and clothing.

    For more information contact Hendrik Roelofsen, Senior Regional Trade Development Adviser at roelofsen@intracen.org