Deepening Engagement on South Africa’s Trade Policy

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A Media Forum on Trade Policy

14 March 2012

Melrose Place, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Ideological posturing has made the debate around trade reform contentious in South Africa. The antagonism around the debate has prevented an open, evidence-based dialogue. However, trade policy reform forms part of the structural economic reform agenda in South Africa, as it has potential to offer significant positive impacts on economic performance and poverty.

Trade and economic decisions affect not only businesses and governments, but ordinary citizens too. This being the case, it is important for any society to know more about its trade and economic policies and be able to participate fully in shaping such policies.