DA blames Davies for dither­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE DA says Trade and Industry Min­is­ter Rob Davies should shoul­der the blame for the US’s warn­ing on with­drawal of Agoa priv­i­leges.

DA trade spokesman Ge­ordin Hill-Lewis said if the trade pact was sus­pended it would af­fect roughly R2.4 bil­lion in an­nual agri­cul­tural ex­ports, with dire con­se­quences for farm­ers and farm work­ers.

Davies had had months of warn­ings and re­minders to hon­our the com­mit­ments made to the US on mar­ket ac­cess for chicken, pork and beef, but had failed to do so.

“This mess-up has hap­pened on his watch, and its con­se­quences are en­tirely on his hands.”

Hill-Lewis said the US warn­ing came just three days af­ter Davies told Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on trade and industry the deal was “se­cure”.

“He was clearly mis­in­formed, or was not be­ing com­pletely frank with the com­mit­tee.” – ANA

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