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South Africa ends trade row with US over chicken imports
South Africa has resolved a trade row with the US which threatened to throw South Africa out of its preferential trade programme over its refusal to allow the importation of American chickens.
SA is in ’extra time’ over Agoa – Rob Davies
The trade and industry minister insists SA will continue talks over the African Growth and Opportunity Act and it is for the US to "blow the whistle".
South Africa: government signs twenty-six agreements worth R94 billion with China
More than twenty agreements signed as President Zuma hosts President Xi Jinping on a State Visit.
South Africa spurns free trade to protect its meat market
America and South Africa are beating the drumsticks of trade war
Obama punishes South Africa over chicken row
US president Barack Obama has suspended agricultural benefits to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after its repeated refusal to resume imports of US chicken.
No longer a fair game?
What are the next steps for investment protection in South Africa, as the country draws up new legislation governing foreign direct investment following the termination of a number of bilateral investment treaties?
Mooted free-trade area seen boosting intra-African minerals trade flows
Formal negotiations are taking place among the 54 member States of the African Union to create a free-trade zone on the continent by 2017.
Towards post-Western investment law?
International Investment Law (IIL) has always been a battleground of competing paradigms and imaginations of economic world order. Today, the old battles between North and South over the rules of global investment are considered history.
Trade barriers in India delaying India-SACU PTA: South African official
Delays in finalising a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between India and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) have been largely caused by different processes in Indian states and resistance to New Delhi’s wide-ranging goods list, a senior official said here.
Why South Africa’s health minister is so worried about India caving in to big pharma
A big supplier of cheap lifesaving drugs to developing nations, India admirably balances public health needs with private profits and innovation. But it is under pressure to change this model.
International investment agreements and Africa’s structural transformation: a perspective from South Africa
The brief describes the widening debate on the implications of international investment agreements for sustainable development and outlines the broad features of alternative policy approaches to foreign direct investment
L’Afrique du Sud souhaite renforcer son commerce avec le Vietnam
Durant son séjour en Afrique du Sud, le vice-Premier ministre vietnamien Hoàng Trung Haile et le vice-président sud-africain Cyril Ramaphosa ont discuté du renforcement de leur coopération dans l’économie, le commerce et l’investissement
South Africa’s revocation of its bilateral investment treaties – analysis
From an international policy point of view, South Africa’s denunciation of BITs is reasonable. It may even be seen as a refreshing retreat from a legal quagmire. But the domestic reality requires wider consideration.
Agoa bill proposes three-year timeline for SA
A bill to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for 10 years would give the US Trade Representative expanded authority to deal with countries considered non compliant, like South Africa.
Barriers to SA markets a concern for US
The failure of the US and South Africa to achieve a free trade agreement in 2006 came to haunt them on Tuesday as their delegations gathered for consultations under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed in 1999.
SADC signs EPA with EU
Countries in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) have signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.
SA among Sadc nations to initial EU trade pact
Aafter 10 years of negotiations, a regional Southern African Development Community (Sadc) group, of which South Africa is a part, has "initialled" an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Thursday.
Dutch unfazed by SA’s cancelled trade treaty
South Africa’s unilateral cancellation of its bilateral investment treaty with the Netherlands, a major trade and investment partner, does not appear to have dampened the Dutch appetite for investment in the country.
Canada targets South Africa as priority market in Africa
Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast said he will continue to lobby South African leaders about the benefits of bilateral investment treaties, despite their rejection of the idea. Canada signed a BIT with Burkina Faso this month and Fast announced this week that Madagascar is moving toward a similar deal with Canada.
South Africa-Brazil FTAs will impact Namibian beef industry
South Africa’s negotiations with Brazil to sign FTAs to allow the import of cheap meat into South Africa will have implications for Namibia.