The Director-General of Foreign Affairs Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba will officially launch the negotiations for the review of the Trade Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) between South Africa and the European Union (EU)
29 March 2007
The TDCA is the legal basis for overall relations between South Africa and the European Union. The agreement was signed in October 1999 after five years of negotiations. It was provisionally applied, but only partially, from 1 January 2000 and fully entered into force on 1 May 2004 after ratification by all signatory parties in April 2004.
The agreement basically covers five areas of co-operation, namely: political dialogue, development co-operation, co-operation in trade and trade related areas, economic co-operation and co-operation in other areas. Articles 103 and 18 of the agreement calls for a review "within five years of entry into force."
Media are invited to a joint press conference to be addressed by Directors-General Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba and Stefano Manservisi on conclusion of these discussions as follows:
Date: Thursday, 29 March 2007
Time: 12h00 for 12h30
Venue: Diplomatic Guesthouse, 201 Matroosberg Road, Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria East
Cell: 082 389 3587
Issued by: Department of Foreign Affairs
28 March 2007