The Trade Hub is working with South Africa on trade initiatives and investment promotion. South Africa has a critical role in the Trade Hub’s programming throughout the region, particularly in our value chain initiatives.
In implementing this strategy, the Trade Hub is working with a range of South African firms and organizations to increase their reach and is working closely with the private sector through Strategic Partnership Grants.
While the majority of the Trade Hub’s activities are regional in nature, certain activities target Zambia as a direct beneficiary.
The Trade Hub is working with Zambia to improve storage quality in order to reduce post-harvest loss rates, to reduce the time and cost of releasing traded goods, and improve the development of and access to standards and technical regulations.
The Trade Hub is working with Swaziland to improve the investment climate, facilitate customs modernization, promote renewable energy and increase trade in textiles and apparel.
Customs Modernization: The Trade Hub assisted the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA) to audit and identify areas for improvement in the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), and to facili-tate interconnectivity and electronic data interchange with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and Mozambican customs. This in-cluded training for SRA staff.
While the majority of the Trade Hub’s activities are regional in nature, certain activities target Botswana as a direct beneficiary.
Through various regional, national and cross-cutting initiatives, the Trade Hub is working with Botswana to reduce the cost of doing business, improve the investment climate and facilitate the adoption of modern trade facilitation tools.
Through various regional, national and cross-cutting initiatives, the Trade Hub is working with Mozambique to increase competitiveness, improve agricultural products and services, and strengthen the textiles and apparel sector.
Groundnut Aflatoxin Mitigation Trainings: The Trade Hub has been working with partner organizations to train small farmers, farmer trainers and processors on techniques for prevention of incidence of/removing of aflatoxin in groundnuts.
Through various regional and cross cutting initiatives, the Trade Hub is working with Malawi specifically within the context of trade facilitation and regional agricultural value chain initiatives.
Coordinated Border Management (CBM): Under the CBM program, which is designed to improve border management efficiency and reduce the time and cost of trade, the Trade Hub completed border operations assessments and established Joint Border Committees (JBCs). This has resulted in reducing border crossing times at targeted borders by an average of 20%
The Trade Hub is working with Lesotho to improve standards to facilitate export, improve the investment climate and increase trade in textiles and apparel.
Technical Support on Capacity Building for the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, Trade Policy and Trade Remedies: The Trade Hub has been requested by the US Embassy in Lesotho and USAID to provide technical assistance to the Lesotho Ministry of Trade and Industry in designing and delivering training courses on capacity building for Lesotho to comply with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation.