“Our message is that AGOA has generated enormous good will for the US in the continent and if renewed, more can still be done. The attitude of the South African government remains one of constructive engagement on all the concerns raised by the US constituencies, including on the chicken [trade] issue,” said Minister Davies on Thursday.
AGOA is a legislation that provides duty-free market access to the US for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products.
The Minister and a delegation of business, labour and government officials is in Washington to advocate for the renewal of AGOA. The delegation is in the US for the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks with the US Trade Representative to advocate for the renewal of AGOA.