Cape Town – Negotiations between South Africa and the United States over health issues related to meat imports were concluded on Wednesday, which should ensure the country remains a part of the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).
This comes after South Africa missed an important deadline set by US President Barack Obama to conclude the negotiations by December 31 2015.
There were fears that he would suspend South Africa from the crucial trade agreement on January 4. "We are calling on the US to do the right thing and retain our involvement in Agoa without any interruptions," Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, announced in Pretoria on Thursday. "We are expecting that South Africa will participate in Agoa."