• Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub
    Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works with partners in eight SADC countries to facilitate trade, modernize customs, and improve
    food security.

  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

  • Source Africa

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

Photo: The graphic demonstrates how SADC’s development of a regional investment policy framework will now lead to the formulation of national action programs for each member stateSADC has requested support from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub to carry forward their regional investment policy framework program. After five years of development in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU, the SADC Secretariat has completed a regional investment policy framework that will be formally adopted on July 22, 2015 in Johannesburg.

The framework aims to harmonize investment policy in the region and turn Southern Africa into a regional destination for foreign direct investment, spurring regional integration and growth.

The five-year process undertaken by SADC analyzed the investment climate in the region using the OECD’s investment policy framework in order to develop action-oriented guidance for investment policy reform in the region. As the next step in the process, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub will create Investor Roadmaps or “NAPIs” (National Action Programs on Investment) for SADC Member States.

To launch the NAPI process, the Trade Hub will be engaging with officials from the Ministries of Trade/Industry and Investment Promotion Agencies in SADC Member States to conduct a NAPI Readiness Assessment and Way Forward Strategy. The assessments and strategies will be presented to the SADC Investment Focus Group in September 2015 and implementation of Action Plans at the Member State level is expected to start before the end of the year.

Photo: The graphic demonstrates how SADC’s development of a regional investment policy framework will now lead to the formulation of national action programs for each member state 

 

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