Government phasing out protectionist strategy for sugar industry
Sugar producers have previously warned that the sector is on the verge of collapse, and suggested that tariffs needed to be increased
The government is unlikely to back further tariff hikes in the sugar industry, saying the protectionist strategy needs to be phased out in favour of one based on competitiveness.
Department of trade and industry officials told MPs on Wednesday that an export orientation had been adopted as a pillar to support industry competitiveness. That would include targeting the African continental market via the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).