Clinton pledges to fight for renewal of trade deal with Africa

Speaking at a press conference with Clinton in the capital Pretoria, Foreign Minister Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane said AGOA was vital for South Africa's economy.

“Currently 98 percent of South Africa’s exports enter the U.S. market duty-free and quota-free under the current dispensation of the U.S. Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA,” she said. “Africa is eagerly lobbying for its extension beyond 2015.”

Clinton said the administration intends that South Africa be included in the law's reauthorization.

“Well, I can tell you that the United States is strongly committed to extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act,” Clinton said. “It is the centerpiece of our policy, and we want to see South Africa included in an extension. 

“We’re going to start working on this when the new Congress comes in after the elections this year. So I can promise you our best efforts to make the case to get it extended, to make sure South Africa is included in it. That’s the position of the Obama Administration, and we’re going to do our very best to make sure that is done.”