Trade Policy, Negotiations and Cooperation

Ambassador Xavier Carim: Deputy Director General – Trade Policy, Negotiations and Cooperation

Overview of the division

1.       Purpose of the division

Build an equitable global trading system that facilitates development by strengthening trade and investment links with key economies and fostering African development, including regional and continental integration and development co-operation in line with the African Union Agenda 2063.

2.       Objectives of the division

The Division centers on negotiating trade and investment agreements with trade partners at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Such negotiations require balance that reconciles South Africa’s economic objectives with those of our partners. As such, the Division seeks to ensure that it expands export opportunities for our priority economic sectors while protecting domestic industrial capacity and employment in sensitive sectors.

In this way, we preserve the policy space to pursue industrial policy and development policies for national priorities. Through international trade negotiations, we seek to create opportunities in legally-binding, rules-based arrangements to expand South African exports particularly for higher value-added products that support industrial development in South Africa.

3.       Description of business units within the division

The Division is divided into two sub-programmes/business units

    • 3.1 African Economic Relations   
    • Africa Economic Relations is a policy development and negotiating business unit, which focuses on building trade and investment relations with African economies by promoting continental trade, integration and development. Its main aim is to negotiate trade agreements with the rest of Africa and to facilitate implementation of existing trade agreements.The African Multilateral Economic Relations Chief Directorate consists of the following units:
      • AU
      • SADC
      • SACU
    • 3.2 International Trade Development
    • International Trade Development is a policy development and negotiating business unit, which seeks to design and implement policies that promote South Africa’s integration into the global economy in a manner that supports national development objectives. Its purpose is to build trade relations and to negotiate trade and investment agreements at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. As well as, ensure compliance with international Treaties within the ambit of the Division. It consists of three Chief Directorates, namely Bilateral Trade Relations, Trade Negotiations and Non Proliferation.The Bilateral Trade Relations (Rest of World) Chief Directorate consists of the following units:
      • Asia
      • Americas
      • Europe
      • Middle East

      The Trade Negotiations Chief Directorate consists of the following units:

        • Market Access
        • Trade in Services
        • Trade Rules
        • European Organisations
        • Legal
        • Multilaterals

      The Non Proliferation Chief Directorate consists of the following units:

      • Scientific Support
      • Compliance, Liaison and Enforcement
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