“The bilateral meeting centred on cementing the South Africa-EU strategic partnership and discussing key trade and peace and security issues.”
The EU is SA’s largest trading partner as a bloc, he said.
“Since the adoption of the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA), total trade increased from R150bn in 2000 to R843bn in 2021. Exports to the EU increased steadily over the years, growing from R64bn in 2000 to R482bn in 2021.
“During the same period, imports from the EU increased from R86bn in 2000 to R361bn in 2021,” Magwenya said.
Ramaphosa also welcomed the “reflection of strengthening and growing existing bilateral trade ties and the commitment to resolve current and urgent trade matters, particularly on the export of citrus products from South Africa to the EU.
“President Ramaphosa supported the process of further discussions to be held at ministerial level to work out a solution that will allow for sustained trade in the citrus subsector,” Magwenya said.
On peace and security matter, he said the president was encouraged by the EU’s support of the Southern African Development Community’s (Sadc) efforts to stabilise security in Mozambique.
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