USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is undertaking cross-border gender assessments in SADC countries this month composed of field research at three important border crossing areas: the Mwanza border in Malawi, the Nakonde border in Zambia, and the Kazungula border in Botswana.
Following the success of the Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Trainings conducted in Zambia and Botswana in August 2015, USAID’s Southern African Trade Hub launched the new extended version of the training in Lusaka, Zambia from February 10-12, 2016.
On February 3, 2016, the efforts of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub to establish Agricultural Storage Investment Facilities (ASIF) in Malawi resulted in the inception of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to improve coordination among the various Malawian government agencies responsible for authorizing investments in agricultural storage.
Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub worked with Vetlab to help create the first private ISO17025-accredited grain and oil seed laboratory service, including aflatoxin testing, in Zambia.
During the week of February 1, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub assisted the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) to develop and print copies of the “Guide for the Referencing of Standards in Regulations in Swaziland” for distribution to various government and private sector agencies.
With just over two weeks to go before MAGIC Las Vegas (the world’s largest textile, apparel, and footwear trade show) on February 16-18, 2016, USAID’s three Trade Hubs are working closely with USAID’s Management Support and Technical Assistance Services Project (MSTAS) on final preparations for the combined African exhibition space.
The Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to Vermeulen/Aandele Trust was closed out at the end of January 2016. During closeout, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub learned that the supply partnerships forged during the grant between Vermeulen/Aandele Trust and other grantees—Valid Nutrition Malawi and Jungle Beat in Zambia—will continue into the foreseeable future.
From February 1-5, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi on business process reengineering to prepare them for National Single Window (NSW) implementation.
On February 3, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented on gender issues in cross-border trade to several USAID bureaus and departments, including the USAID Bureau for Africa, USAID Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, Bureau for Food Security, the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, the Department of Commerce, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).