Visit of Karel De Gucht to Botswana

Type: Report   Reference: I-080637   Duration: 10:03:26  Lieu:
End production: 19/07/2013   First transmission: 19/07/2013
On 19 July 2013, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled to Botswana where he met Representatives of the Botswanan Government. Karel De Gucht used this opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen trade and investment relations with the African regions, in particular through comprehensive trade and development partnerships.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:04
10:00:04 Exterior views of the office of the President in Gaborone (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:00:17 Arrival of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and handshake with Ponatshego Kedikilwe, Vice-President of Botswana 00:00:13
10:00:31 Round table with Ponatshego Kedikilwe and Karel De Gucht 00:00:12
10:00:44 Handshake between Ponatshego Kedikilwe and Karel De Gucht 00:00:06
10:00:50 EU Convoy 00:00:08
10:00:59 Exterior view of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Gaborone 00:00:04
10:01:04 Handshake between Karel De Gucht and Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, Botswanan Minister for Trade and Industry 00:00:05
10:01:09 Exterior view of the EU Delegation Building in Gaborone 00:00:07
10:01:16 Arrival of Karel De Gucht and handshake with the staff 00:00:13
10:01:29 Group photo with Karel De Gucht and the staff of the EU Delegation 00:00:09
10:01:39 Handshake between Karel De Gucht and Gerard McGovern, Head of the EU Delegation to Botswana 00:00:06
10:01:45 Round table with Karel De Gucht and Gerard McGovern (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:02:00 Exterior view of the residence of the Head of the EU Delegation in Gaborone 00:00:05
10:02:05 Arrival of Karel De Gucht and handshake with Tomaz Salomão, Secretary General of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) 00:00:09
10:02:14 Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): I am visiting the region this week to help bringing the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement – the EPA - between the EU and SADC closer to conclusion. Botswana holds the chairmanship in the SADC EPA group, and therefore plays an important role in these negotiations. Of course, we also understand that there are a number of concerns about this trade deal in Botswana. The EU is listening and we are showing a lot of flexibility towards Botswana's interests. I hope this goes to show our willingness to make this deal a reality. For example, the EU offers full free access to its market, while Botswana can open a lot less. But an EPA with the EU is also more than just about lowering tariffs. The EU is the largest integrated market in the world. The EPA would provide legal certainty for businesses and can offer other advantages like better rules of origin. Botswana is rightly pursuing greater diversification. The EPA can help save that goal (3 shots) 00:01:08
10:03:23 Group photo (from left to right) with Gerard McGovern (1st), Karel De Gucht (6th) and Dorcas Makgato-Malesu (7th) 00:00:03
10:03:26 General views of the traffic in Gaborone (2 shots) 00:00:06
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