On September 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in the SADC Regional Economic Integration Support Programme (REIS) and SADC Trade Related Facility (TRF) Steering Committee meetings in Gaborone, Botswana. The role of the steering committees is to evaluate and recommend applications from Member States for support under the two programs.
The steering committees also create a unique platform for International Cooperating Partners to share program information and experience, improve cooperation, and avoid duplication of efforts.
The invitation to be part of the two steering committees underscores the leading role USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub plays in supporting the SADC trade integration agenda. Other members of the Steering Committees are representatives of SADC Member States, SADC Council of NGOs, Association of SADC Council of Chambers and Industry, and the Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa.
The REIS Programme promotes investment in SADC by supporting measures aimed at improving the investment climate and the business environment in the region. The SADC TRF is a mechanism for financial and technical support to assist SADC Member States to implement commitments made under the SADC Protocol on Trade and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement Group consisting of 10 SADC Member States.
Photo: The invitation to be part of the two steering committees underscores the leading role USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub plays in supporting the SADC trade integration agenda.