• 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.

Trade Hub Director of Trade Facilitation Brian Glancy addresses the WCO ConferenceUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented at the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Information Technology Conference and Exhibition May 6-8, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas on the topic “Efficient Transit Solutions for Reducing Costs of Trading.”

The three-day conference and exhibition highlighted the ways information technologies can be used in trade facilitation to support economic growth and mitigate emerging threats. The Trade Hub’s presentation provided a synopsis of USAID’s support for Trade Facilitation in Southern Africa. The Trade Hub also sponsored four delegates to the conference: the Commissioners of Customs for Namibia, Botswana, and Malawi, and a delegate representing the SADC Trade, Industry, Finance, and Investment Directorate. The delegates obtained detailed information from private sector technology providers as they prepare to make decisions about National Single Window technology solutions.

Photo: Trade Hub Director of Trade Facilitation Brian Glancy addresses the WCO Conference

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