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Botswana to continue with EU cooperation – Envoy

Botswana is due to continue benefiting from cooperation with the European Union (EU) despite uncertainty from the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European common market, State run DailyNews reported here Tuesday.Botswana’s ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Samuel Outlule is quoted as saying that the country’s trading agreements with the EU were still in effect and that the legal implications of the pull-out by Britain from the European bloc (Brexit) are “still to be ascertained.”

“Of course there are a lot of questions that are still to be answered because the relationship evolved for over 40 years, hence there has been a number of laws and regulatory arrangements with regard to trade,” Outlule said.

He added: “So we are still to know if the agreements of separation (Brexit) will not disrupt the existing commercial and economic relations.”

Outlule said over the years, Botswana has had a long partnership and cooperation with the EU and that the southern African country benefitted from the beef market because the European bloc offered high prices.

Published on 28.04.2020

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