International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor

South Africa looks to Asian markets to revive economic growth

According to International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, the South African government has created a significant hold in Asian markets as part of efforts to return the country to pre-COVID-19 economic growth.

Naledi Pandor: "We will identify new opportunities and expand those that have benefit for South Africa. In pursuit of this objective, South Africa has created a significant footprint in Asia, which is the continent showing the most promise of a speedy return to pre-COVID-19 levels of economic growth."

"We are also responding to new opportunities and harnessing the collective capabilities of DIRCO's resources both at home and abroad."

South Africa is set to leverage engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to enhance mutually beneficial ties and to support skills development and training for South Africans.

"Market access was also obtained for fruits to Thailand. Product protocols are being negotiated in the region and are at an advanced stage. These include table grapes to Vietnam and South Korea, avocadoes to India and Japan, and pears to China and India.

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