The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) is pleased to announce the upcoming African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Provincial Consultative Dialogue, themed “Understanding the Benefit of AGOA to SA Exporters.” These consultative dialogues aim to engage with AGOA beneficiary export companies and identify the challenges faced by exporters, fostering productive dialogue and collaboration. In the first phase, the consulative dialogues will be  rolled out across five provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and Western Cape.

AGOA, which is a piece of legislation that was passed by the United States (U.S.) Congress in May 2000. It provides eligible sub-Saharan African countries with duty-free access to the U.S market for over 1,800 products, in addition to the more than 5,000 products that are eligible for duty-free access under the Generalised System of Preferences program. The dialogues will provide a platform for exporters to gain a deeper understanding of AGOA and its immense potential to drive trade and investment in the region.

The Acting Director-General of the dtic, Ms Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, will deliver the keynote address at the symposium, to emphasise the importance of AGOA in enhancing export capabilities and building strong partnerships.

“During the dialogue, participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, and networking sessions. Industry experts and government officials will share their insights and experiences, addressing the challenges faced by exporters and exploring strategies to overcome them,” she says.

The symposium will focus on the following key areas:

  1. Enhancing knowledge and understanding of AGOA regulations and requirements.
  2. Identifying barriers and challenges faced by exporters
  3. Providing guidance on accessing support services, incentives, and resources available to exporters.

The Gauteng AGOA Beneficiaries Consultative Dialogue  is scheduled for 6 July 2023, 09:00-15:00 at the ANEW Hotel Hatfield, 1054 Burnett St, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028

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