The end of current EU preferences for Botswana: Economic and social impacts

Briefing papers
September 2007
Mareike Meyn

Key Points:

Losing current preferences is most likely to stop Botswana’s only agricultural export commodity to the EU immediately

-Botswana’s beef exports would be treated less favourably by the EU than those of the world’s most competitive beef producers

- The EU could avoid this situation if it had the political will. However, time is running out: to avoid the disruption of exports Botswana needs to know by end September 2007 what will happen in January 2008

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