Ambassador Gaspard on AGOA Renewal Talks

Pretoria—April 2, 2015  “I just returned to South Africa from Washington where I met with many of the Senators who signed the letter to Minister Davies on Monday.  I can assure you that everyone in Washington wants AGOA renewal to go forward, including for South Africa.  But it is clear that the only way that will happen is if a fair resolution can be reached on this issue.  I was heartened to read this morning that Minister Davies is working with SAPA to make this happen.  As we have been saying, and the senators reiterated this week, time is running out.  When I head back to Washington in two weeks and our two governments sit down to discuss our trade and investment framework we need to have an agreement on the table.”
Patrick H. Gaspard, US Ambassador to South Africa.