South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies, was recently in Washington to meet with officials in the Obama administration and members of Congress. At the top of his agenda was the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the administration’s commitment to a “seamless renewal” of the act, which set to expire in 2015, and what this might mean for South Africa.
Minister Davies stopped by Brookings and I had an opportunity to talk to him about AGOA and the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). I also asked him about the relevance of the BRICS for economic development in Africa, and the status of the continental free trade area. Please see the videos below for Minister Davies’ answers to my questions.
Minister Davies discusses the African Union’s commitment to develop a continental free trade area: