News:South Africa engages Zimbabwe on imports ban

<vote /> South Africa has engaged Zimbabwe over its import restrictions which are meant to boost local industry, saying such a move had negative implications on intra-regional trade.

In June 2016, the government promulgated Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016, which restricts the importation of certain basic products in a move mesnt to promote local manufacturers.

In a statement released on Sunday, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry spokesperson, Sidwell Medupe that the South African government had engaged the Zimbabwean government said because of the adverse impact on its exporters.

Part of the statement reads

“On behalf of the South African government, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has been engaging the Zimbabwean government bilaterally and through the Sadc structures to find an amicable solution that is in accordance with Zimbabwe’s obligations of the Sadc Protocol on Trade, while at the same time being sensitive to Zimbabwe’s industrial development and balance of payments challenges”

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