Impact assessment

Impact assessment for the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement

Economic assessment of the costs, benefits and impact of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement used to inform the UK ratification process.



The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA States (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland (now known as Eswatini) was signed on 10 June 2016, and has been provisionally applied since 10 October 2016, except in the case of Mozambique, where it has been provisionally applied since 4 February 2018.

The EPA aims to promote increased trade and investment between the EU and SADC EPA States by putting our trading relationship on a more equitable, mature and business-like footing, supporting sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

The UK government is proceeding to ratify the EU-SADC EPA in line with agreed policy that the UK should continue to ratify third country agreements with the EU before the UK exits the EU. As an EU member state, the UK is committed to supporting the EU’s ambitious trade and development agendas.

Published 20 July 2018