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After a 2-year-prohibition, Saudi Arabia is to start importing South African beef and lamb products.

This forms part of an investment push into the country.

The news was announced by a local meat producer, Karan Beef who said the final approvals to start shipments of halal meat to Saudi Arabia are now in place.

The lift of the ban comes after Saudi Arabia joined the BRICS bloc on 1 January of this year. It was the first time in 10 years that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa opened up to expansion.

With halal beef and lamp products first on the list, it could pave the way for other types of agricultural products like poultry.

Meat isn’t the only product to enjoy exporting right to the Middle Eastern country.

News24 reports that pharmaceuticals and technology are other areas of potential cooperation between South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The aim of the cooperation agreement is to encourage BRICS countries to trade with each other.

Aspen Pharmacare in Durban has been identified as a potential partner for Saudi Arabia on endocrine and anaesthetic products.

Image credit: The Spruce Eats

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