CAPE TOWN – South African Ambassador to Germany Stone Sizani has urged local companies to embrace partnerships with their German counterparts.
“The European Union (EU), as a neighbouring continent to Africa, is working on a deal that would establish a Free Trade Agreement with Africa and South Africa in particular, precisely because we are in the same time-zone. The Germans insist every day that partnerships between South Africa and Germany are of high necessity for German companies.
“That is why they are pumping lots of resources in supporting skills development and supporting the growth of company-to-company partnerships between German and South African companies,” Sizani was quoted as saying by SAnews.gov.za.
He was speaking on the last day of the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair that was held in the capital Berlin. Local companies participated in the trade fair through the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).
The Ambassador’s comments follow on the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s September 2018 calls for the EU to offer a free trade agreement to the African continent.