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South African ambassador upbeat over AGOA review
Despite a potentially contentious out-of-cycle review of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) being under way in Washington, SA’s ambassador to the US, Mninwa Mahlangu, remains upbeat that the country will continue to benefit from the trade concessions provided in the arrangement. Mr Mahlangu said SA had made progress in addressing the red flags raised by the US. "One of the issues (related) to poultry, (the) South African Poultry...
25 August 2015
US poultry firms wait for South Africa to admit AGOA-deal exports
The extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) may have occurred over a month ago, but US poultry and pork exporters say they have yet to receive a break under the agreement. And at least one trade group has called for limits on the participation of South Africa, AGOA’s biggest beneficiary. The extension means that sub-Saharan African exporters will continue, at least until 30 September 2025, to be able to export to the US...
20 August 2015
SA trade official digs in on intellectual property draft
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry is not going to pander to any side when it comes to its intellectual property policy, director-general Lionel October said on Thursday. The American Chamber of Commerce in SA (AmCham) has urged the US trade representative to use its review of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to pressure SA’s government to change the draft policy in favour of US companies. AmCham represents 250...
14 August 2015
'Pharmaceutical industry attempting to undermine access to affordable medicines'
South Africa’s eligibility for ongoing inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is being used as a bargaining chip in pressure by the pharmaceutical industry to get the country to backtrack on intellectual property (IP) law reforms aimed at promoting access to more affordable medicines. The Fix the Patent Laws coalition - Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)‚ Doctors Without Borders (MSF)‚ SECTION27 and the Stop Stock Outs...
13 August 2015
Senators Isakson, Coons applaud US Trade Representative review of South Africa under AGOA
US Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Chris Coons, D-Del., co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Chicken Caucus, released the following statement after Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), promptly began an out-of-cycle review process to determine whether South Africa should remain eligible to benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) preference program in light of ongoing trade violations. “For...
08 August 2015