Cape Town — Last December's U.S.-African Leaders' Summit, hosted by President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, has helped re-establish ties and strengthen business relationships, according to senior American officials who briefed reporters and offered an assessment of progress made in the six months since the well-attended event took place.  

Trade, Competition and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has again expressed optimism that South Africa will be able to convince the US Congress to extend South Africa’s designation as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beneficiary beyond 2025, when the unilateral trade programme is due to expire.
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