Statement from Ambassador Gaspard regarding President Obama’s AGOA proclamation

“We are delighted by the proclamation issued by President Obama today and we welcome the recent arrival of American chicken into commerce in South Africa.  The entry of U.S poultry into South Africa was required as a condition for avoiding South Africa’s suspension under AGOA.  Now that the issues involving AGOA have been resolved, we are focused on developing a broader, stronger economic partnership with South Africa, and we believe that expanding trade and investment in both directions is the best way to do so.

As a part of the AGOA agreement, fifty percent of the 65,000 ton quota is being set aside for historically disadvantaged individual (HDI) importers.  DTI, DAFF, SARS, and the U.S. poultry industry joined me at the U.S. Embassy last week at a training seminar for HDI entrepreneurs interested in learning more about importing U.S. poultry.  Through programs such as this, we are ensuring the benefits of AGOA are broad and inclusive.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the AGOA discussions on both sides of the Atlantic.”

– Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.