National Committee on African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) set up
26 Aug 2019
A National Committee to develop action plans around the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has been established.
In a statement, the trade and industry department confirmed that the Committee consists of business, labour and government.
The Committee was established during the first meeting of the trade and industry ministry at Nedlac in the sixth administration.
It was agreed that a “National Committee with sector-level task teams should identify which products South Africa could export to other African countries and what steps needed to be taken to realise such exports”.
Products that are vulnerable should also be highlighted and measures developed to strengthen such sectors.
Other working groups and committees set up include a Ministerial Export Promotion Panel to be constituted shortly, a Special Economic Zone reference team and a Working Committee on trade policy and the digital economy.
Meanwhile, in another statement, the department announced that government and the poultry industry has begun work to open up new export markets for South African poultry.
A Poultry Master Plan is currently under development.
Local poultry producers and importers recently met with government to forge a growth strategy for the sector.
According to the trade and industry minister, Ebrahim Patel, South Africa needed to “find a road to a more competitive, inclusive industry employing more South Africans. There are opportunities for us to sell more chicken meat in other parts of the world, increase our capacity and bring down prices for local consumers.”
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