Calls for deepened Africa trade, policy review to buoy exports

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Experts in business and trade have called for a shift in approach to trade and deepened trade ties with the rest of the African continent as South Africa works towards making it as easy for exporters to access other African markets.

The discussion took place during the launch of the Department of Trade Industry and Competition's Export Barrier Monitoring Mechanism during a webinar on Monday. The mechanism offered exporters dedicated officials and engagements with foreign governments for their export challenges.

The global Covid-19 pandemic drove countries to close their doors in a series of lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus which hurt trade. However, the trade war between the United States and China in 2019 clearly showed that the global economy was entering a fraught trade environment.

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