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Trade in Road freight services in sadc : THE ROLE OF THE REGULATORS. September 27 - 28. Structure of Presentation. The current regulatory environment The role of regulators in trade in services negotiations? Capacity to evaluate economic and trade interests? Conclusion.

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structure of presentation
Structure of Presentation
  • The current regulatory environment
  • The role of regulators in trade in services negotiations?
  • Capacity to evaluate economic and trade interests?
  • Conclusion
the institutional framework
The institutional framework
  • Government as policy maker and regulator
  • (Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique)
  • Independent regulator
  • (Namibia)
the policy framework
The policy framework
  • Malawi and Namibia
    • Emphasizes de-regulation and competition
  • Mozambique
    • Emphasizes infrastructure and training
  • Botswana
    • In process
the legal framework
The legal framework
  • Comprehensive
    • Regulations
    • Permits
  • Reasonably recent
    • With the exception of the Botswana Road Traffic Act
services negotiations
Services negotiations
  • Service negotiations specifically try to remove unnecessary barriers to trade
  • Trade liberalization does not automatically result in increases in welfare
  • Effective regulation and effective regulators are required to ensure that socially and economically equitable outcomes are achieved
  • Timing and sequencing matters
services negotiations the role of the regulator in sadc
Services negotiations – the role of the regulator in SADC
  • Barriers to trade in road freight transport are generally well known
  • There is insufficient awareness of the potential contribution and impact of formal services negotiations
  • The level of interaction between regulators and trade negotiators is generally low
services negotiations what should be done
Services negotiations – what should be done?
  • Transport regulators should be included in consultations in trade in road freight services from an early stage
  • Regulators need to be become familiar with the scope and structure of trade in services negotiations
  • The wider economic implications of regional trade and trade liberalisation in road freight services need to be understood
capacity for trade and economic analysis
Capacity for trade and economic analysis?
  • People and skills?
  • Information and analysis?
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Participation by regulators in trade in services negotiations will ensure that future trade rules are responsive to the specific context and needs of their countries
  • Regulators will also need to provide feedback to negotiators on reasonable timelines for the implementation of new rules and regulations and examine the possible implications of regulatory change on the industry
  • To do so, regulators may need to improve their capacity to undertake transport specific economic analysis
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