• 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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Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority Board Makes Study Visit to Namibia to Observe Clean Energy InstallationsUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a best practices exchange trip for the board of Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to observe rural electrification project installations in Namibia from May 17-23, 2015. 

The delegation from Zambia met with Namibian Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy Kahijoro Kahuure, Deputy Director of Energy Daniel Zaire, and other government officials, as well as USAID Namibia. Meetings were held throughout the rural areas of northeast Namibia, including with the Otjivarongo Regional Council and Central North Regional Energy Distribution Company (CENORED), which distributes electricity to 40,000 customers in the Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions over an area of 120,000 square kilometers. During the trip, the REA Board assessed Namibia’s advances in feasible rural electrification with an eye towards replicating the technologies back home in Zambia.

The team was especially interested in the hybrid solar photovoltaic/diesel mini-grid systems as well as Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) technology (pictured above). The Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy arranged site visits to two solar PV/diesel hybrid plants in Tsumkwe and Gam, as well as a SWER grid connection point in the Khomas Region near the capital city of Windhoek. The REA Board noted successes and challenges as well as lessons learned from the renewable energy developers. The discussion focused not only on technology but also on project financing, incentives, and ownership. Of particular value was the opportunity the delegation from Zambia was given to discuss the quality of energy service and its impact on economic and social life with local residents onsite during the tour.

Photo: Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority Board Makes Study Visit to Namibia to Observe Clean Energy Installations

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