International Relations

Botswana has concluded and signed numerous bilateral and regional trade agreements. Some of these agreements provide duty free and quota free market access, while some accord preferential market access to Botswana's goods and services. Botswana is also a member of the World Trade Organisation. The following is a list of existing and pending trade agreements

  • Botswana/Zimbabwe
  • Botswana/Malawi
  • Botswana/Korea
  • Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  • SACU-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement (SACU EFTA FTA)
  • SACU-Mercado Cum del Sur Preferential Trade Agreement (SACU MERCOSUR PTA)
  • SACU-United States of America Trade, Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement (SACU US TIDCA)
  • African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Interim SADC – Economic Partnership Agreement EPA (SADC EPA)
  • SACU-INDIA Preferential Trade Agreement (SACU India PTA) (On-going negotiations)

SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

Botswana is currently negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Communities under the SADC Group, which comprises the SACU members plus Angola and Mozambique. This would be a reciprocal agreement that would allow duty-free and quota-free access for Botswana products into the EU market. Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland signed the Interim EPA in June 2009, while other members did not sign, citing some concerns on certain provisions of the agreement. The second phase of the negotiations is ongoing on Trade in Services and Investment to conclude a full EPA. Botswana enjoys duty-free quota-free access to the EU market for all its products. This arrangement has benefited beef in particular.