Agri Kultuur September / September 2016 - Page 54

opportunity away from South Africa. In conclusion Although the developments around Brexit may be introducing a lot of uncertainty, it also brings with it the potential to open up new opportunities which otherwise may not have happened. However, only in being pro-active and forward thinking can business decision makers and policy makers potentially capitalise on this potential opportunity. During the next two years it will be crucial for South African agricultural entrepreneurs and related supporting organisations such as producers’ and industry forums and export councils to understand as well as influence (where possible) the developments around agricultural and trade policy developments resulting from the Brexit to position South African agricultural exports. Only then will the South African agricultural sector be able to leverage from this potential change in the global trade envi- ronment. The same argument also holds for potential developments from the EU-market side. The TRADE research entity specialises in the fields of international trade and economic development and Prof Wilma Viviers, director of TRADE, holds a Chair in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Chairs Programme. For more information on TRADE’s activities see TRADE Research Advisory (Pty) Ltd, which is TRADE’s commercial advisory arm and a spinout company of the NWU, provides strategic and practical assistance to government entities and business concerns in how to optimise their regional or global presence, from the perspective of economic development and/or export expansion. For more information on TRADE Advisory’s activities see http://