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    International Trade and Economic Development Division (ITED)

    Ms Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

    Deputy Director General: International Trade and Economic Development Division (ITED)


    The International Trade and Economic Development (ITED) Division provides leadership on South Africa's trade policy, to promote economic development.

    It further aims to build an equitable multilateral trading system that facilitates development and strengthens trade and investment links with key economies.

    Ms Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

    In particular, ITED seeks to foster African development, through regional and continental integration and development, aligned to the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). In broad terms, the development and implementation of trade policy requires ongoing efforts to shape the terms and conditions of South Africa's integration into the global economy, in a manner that supports South Africa's national economic and industrial developmental objectives. ITED contributes to creating the conditions that enhance the export of higher value-added products, promote inward and outward investment, and preserve the space to implement national development policies. ITED broadens and strengthens national consultative mechanisms both within government, and between government and its stakeholders. Consultation between departments, particularly within the intra-governmental cluster system, with Parliament and stakeholders, primarily through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), are focus areas in this regard.


    Strategic Goals

    • Expand market access for South Africa's exports and strengthen trade and investment links by aiming to conclude annual bilateral trade and investment agreements and/or memoranda of understanding over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period;
    • Develop and implement work programmes for enhanced South-South
    • Advance South Africa's position on trilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) encompassing the Southern African Development Community (SADC)-East African Community (EAC)-Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa);
    • Consolidate the SADC FTA through focused work on improving rules of origin, trade facilitation measures and the establishment of a mechanism to address non-tariff barriers;
    • Develop a clear work progamme to guide participation in SACU;

    • Update negotiating positions for a developmental outcome in Doha negotiations;
    • Conclude tariff negotiations with the European Union (EU), under Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA)/EPA alignment;
    • Ensure compliance with international non-proliferation treaties, by monitoring production and trade in relevant industries.


    ITED comprises two business units:   
    • International Trade Development; and
    • African Economic Development.

    International Trade Development

    The unit seeks to develop global trade and investment links with key economies, promote economic development, negotiate preferential trade agreements and support a strong, equitable multi-trading system. International Trade Development is a policy development business unit, which seeks to design policy instruments to facilitate economic activity, aimed at South Africa's further integration into the global economy. Its strategic purpose is therefore to negotiate international trade agreements on a bilateral and multilateral basis within the context of a global trading environment and to manage South Africa's tariff regime.  

    African Economic Development

    The unit's mandate is to promote African regional economic integration and development, in keeping with the continental objectives and strategies set out by the African Union (AU) and Nepad, with particular focus on Southern Africa, through the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The unit also aims to complement trade integration with more determined efforts to build diversified production capacity within the region and throughout the continent.