On the 21st of August the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office hosted a round table discussion on the topic of “South Africa and Free Trade Agreements”. This event looked at South Africa’s position within the international economy, and the specifics of the major trade deals that South Africa is party to.
The speakers were Ms Joanmariae Fubbs, the Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Mr Mark Schoeman from the South African Institute of International Relations, and Mr Jeff Rudin, a research associate from the Alternative Information Development Centre. The discussion was well informed and lively, and ranged over topics from the logic of free trade vs fair trade, to the work needed to improve intra-African trade via better border posts and infrastructure development.
L-R: Fr Peter-John Pearson (CPLO, Director) and Ms Joanmariae Fubbs (Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry)