It is notable that South Africa will still host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Private Sector Forum next month, given that several US lawmakers have called for it to be moved elsewhere, and have questioned the country’s preferential trade terms with the US under AGOA as such preferential access to the US markets is open only to African countries that do not threaten American security interests.
SA and US go into AGOA summit amid tensions over foreign policy, wars in Europe and Middle East
OPINION: The Agoa summit could not have come at a more awkward time for South Africa and the US. It will come amid the Palestinian-Israeli war that has divided global opinion. South Africa and the US are on opposing sides once again, writes Dr Sizo Nkala.