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SADC SPS Strategy Handed Over in Gaborone

On August 4, 2015, senior staff of the SADC Secretariat, government officials from the United States Embassy Botswana, USAID, and the Southern Africa Trade Hub gathered at the SADC Secretariat for a ceremony to celebrate the handover of the recently completed Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Strategies for Food Safety, Plant and Animal Health.

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Gender Animation and Mobilization Training for Farmers in Chimoio, Mozambique

From July 22-25, 2015 the Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a Gender Animation and Mobilization Training Workshop for a large number of farmers and producers involved in the soy and groundnut value chains in Chimoio, the capital of Manica Province, Mozambique. 

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Good Standardization Practices Workshop in Mozambique with INNOQ

The Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), held a workshop on Good Standardization Practices in Maputo, Mozambique from May 5-7. The Code of Good Practice for the development, adoption, and application of standards is based on Annex 3 of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

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Gender Training Workshop for Leader Farmers Implementing Grants in Mozambique

As part of the Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to restore soil composition and fertility and livelihood enhancement through crop rotation in Manica Province, Mozambique, the Trade Hub hosted a four-day Gender Training Workshop for farmers engaged in grant implementation. The training took place in Chimoio, Mozambique May 4-7 and was attended by leader farmers and seed multipliers coming from four districts in Manica Province.

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Gender Analysis Fieldwork Continues in Malawi

The Southern Africa Trade Hub is providing support for the integration of gender specific interventions into the HM Boerdery Strategic Partnership Grant in Malawi. The first phase was a gender analysis that took place took place April 24-30. On April 24 the Trade Hub attended a marketing field day organized by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE) for Africa and held at the NASFAM (National Association of Smallholder Farmers) offices in Lilongwe South. The event highlighted the agricultural marketing approaches that ACE uses and the benefits that farmers can derive from them.

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Gender Analysis of the Groundnut and Soy Value Chains in Mozambique

Solidaridad is a South African-registered nonprofit organization currently implementing a Strategic Partnership Grant with USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub to restore soil composition and fertility and to enhance livelihoods through crop rotation in the Manica Province of Mozambique. The Trade Hub is working with Solidaridad to meet grant objectives for women’s participation and empowerment. Accordingly, the Trade Hub carried out a gender analysis to review the results of Solidaridad’s gender integration program and identify measurable gender integration/impact interventions that can be made.

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Guide for the Referencing of Standards Published in Zambia

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, working with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), has successfully developed and published the “Guide for the Referencing of Standards in Technical Regulations in Zambia.”

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Persuasive Communication Training for Women Entrepreneurs in Zambia

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. 

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Trade Hub and SWASA Produce Standards Guide for Swaziland

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.

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Trade Hub Supports Inaugural Annual Quality Awards in Zambia

On December 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS); Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry; and the UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Framework to support the inaugural Zambia Annual Quality Awards held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. 

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Workshop to Validate Content for Swaziland Technical Regulations Booklet

On December 10, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland to validate the list of regulations and pieces of legislation compiled by the Trade Hub to facilitate the development of a booklet of all technical regulations in Swaziland.

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Trade Hub Hosts Workshop on Policy to Law and Regulatory Impact Analysis for Swaziland

On December 4, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland on the topic of “From Policy to Law and Regulatory Impact Analysis” (RIA). The workshop was hosted by the Regulatory and Quality Infrastructure Development Department at the Swaziland Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade. 

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Trade Hub Supports Standards Awareness for Private Sector in Mozambique

The Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), with support from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held two seminars on “Private Sector Participation in Standards Development” in Quelimane (Zambezia Province) and Inhambane (Inhambane Province) on November 27 and 30, 2015, respectively. 

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Trade Hub Improves Standards Awareness and Development in Mozambique

Following a half-day workshop to sensitize the business community in Tete Province on November 16, 2015, the Trade Hub held a similar event in Nacala City, Nampula Province on November 19, 2015, in conjunction with the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ). 

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Trade Hub Helps Swaziland Commemorate World Standards Day

On November 6, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) as they commemorated World Standards Day under the theme “Standards: The World’s Common Language” in Mbabane. 

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Revised ISO Standards Explained for Swaziland Stakeholders

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), facilitated a discussion on two recently revised International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards: the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System in Mbabane, Swaziland, from November 4-5, 2015.

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Trade Hub and ANSI Plan Workshops for Southern Africa

On November 3, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Accra, Ghana to improve standards development and implementation in the SADC region. 

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Trade Hub Support to SADC Investment Drive Gains Momentum

Earlier this year, SADC approached USAID Southern Africa to request the Trade Hub’s support to Member States in developing roadmaps to implement SADC’s new regional investment policy guidelines. In consultation with SADC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Trade Hub designed a support program to work closely with the leadership of investment promotion authorities and trade/investment ministries in selected SADC member states. 

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Seminar to Raise Awareness on National Enquiry Point Held in Botswana

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), held an awareness seminar on National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Francistown, the second largest city in Botswana, on October 19, 2015. The establishment of a National Enquiry Point is an important element of the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.

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Trade Hub Conducts SACU Needs Assessment on Enabling Environment Activities

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), Thabo Khasipe, in Windhoek, Namibia on October 8, 2015 to discuss possible areas of collaboration. During the visit, the Trade Hub briefed SACU on enabling environment activities including investor roadmaps, standards, and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to obtain the SACU Secretariat’s input.

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Trade Hub Supports Awareness of Published National Standards in Swaziland

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), hosted a two-day event on Awareness on Public Review and Published National Standards in Swaziland from October 13-14, 2015.

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Trade Hub Helps Launch the First National Enquiry Point in Botswana

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub helped to launch the first National Enquiry Point in Botswana on September 28, 2015. Under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, each member nation must develop an effective National Enquiry Point (NEP) in order to increase trade. NEPs provide a “one-stop shop” where traders can receive crucial information for doing business with other WTO member countries.

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Trade Hub Conducts Investment Climate Reform Needs Assessment in Namibia

From October 5-8, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with stakeholders in Windhoek, Namibia to conduct needs assessment on investment climate reform and the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

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Trade Hub Supports SADC Quality Awards Initiative

Following a request from the SADC Secretariat, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the SADC Annual Quality Awards Training Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 23-24, 2015. The objective of the two-day workshop was to review five years of implementation, share experiences, and improve the selection process.

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Trade Hub Facilitates Establishment of TBT Consultative Mechanisms in Botswana and Swaziland

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Botswana (August 31 - September 1, 2015) and Swaziland (September 3-4, 2015) as part of its program of technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Points (NEPs).

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The Formation of National TBT Consultative Committees for Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia

As part of the technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) national enquiry points (NEP), strengthen the regulatory framework for standards, enhance the standards development process and improve private sector involvement in standards development, the SA Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia.

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Trade Hub Hosts Workshop to Improve Mozambique’s Progress Toward WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a two-day Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Consultative Committee workshop on August 17-18, 2015 in collaboration with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ). 

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Persuasive Communication Training for Women Entrepreneurs in Botswana

USAID’s Southern African Trade Hub held a Persuasive Communication and Negotiation training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Gaborone, Botswana from August 13-14, 2015. 

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USAID/Mozambique Opens National Enquiry Point

With the launch of the country’s expanded National Enquiry Point (NEP) on August 13, 2015, Mozambican exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive information necessary for doing business with other World Trade Organization member countries and neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The new and improved NEP will benefit trade by identifying standards, technical regulations, and conformity procedures to improve regional and global market access.

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The Trade Hub Building the Capacity of WTO National Consultative Committees in Six SADC Countries

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub has engaged an expert to assist six countries in the region establish or reinstate and improve their National Consultative Committees (NCC) to help improve the effectiveness of the operations of the countries’ WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and Notification Authorities.

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Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point Launches in Swaziland

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), launched the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Matsapha, Swaziland, on June 23, 2015.

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Trade Hub Supports Schools Symposium on Standards Awareness in Swaziland

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), supported a High Schools Symposium on Standards on June 17, 2015 at the Mavuso Trade Centre in Manzini, Swaziland. The event was attended by over 150 people including the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Titus Khumalo.

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Trade Hub Holds SQAM Activities Awareness Seminars in Zambia

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), held two workshops to create awareness on the Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) activities in Lusaka, Zambia from June 8-9, 2015. The objective of the workshops was to help improve the standards development process in Zambia by increasing private sector participation in the standards making process.

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Botswana Trained on Good Standardization Practice and Referencing Standards in Technical Regulations

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), organized back-to-back training workshops on Code of Good Practice for standards writing technical committee chairpersons and secretaries, and Referencing Standards in Regulations for standards and technical regulations developers at BOBS in Gaborone, from June 8-10 and June 11-12, 2015. 

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SADCSTAN Website Supported by the Southern Africa Trade Hub Goes Live

The new Southern Africa Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) website at www.sadcstan.org has gone live in a “soft launch” with the support of the Trade Hub. The former website (http://www.sadcstan.co.za/) will be kept live until the new website becomes familiar to SADCSTAN stakeholders. SADCSTAN will institute its own initiatives to publicize the new website and attract increased traffic.

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Training and Equipment to Prepare Mozambique for the Launch of its National Enquiry Point

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained staff of the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade/National Institute for Standardization and Quality (INNOQ) on operations of a National Enquiry Point (NEP) and commissioned the equipment that the Trade Hub procured for the NEP.

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SADCSTAN Website Development Training

The Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting the Southern Africa Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) to revamp its website.

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Trade Hub Holds Training on Good Standardization Practice in Swaziland

The USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), organized a three-day training workshop of standards technical committee (TC) chairs, secretaries and members in Swaziland, from June 1-3, 2015.

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SADC and US Experts Exchange Views on Good Regulatory Practices

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the Partnership for Trade Facilitation (PTF) Standards Alliance program, sponsored a two-day workshop on Exchange on Good Regulatory Practices (GRPs) organized in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat. 

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Trade Hub Supports Meeting of CEOs on Standards in Swaziland

The Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), supported a Chief Executive Officers’ Breakfast Meeting on April 29 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The event was attended by CEOS from a wide variety of industries, as well as the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Trade J. Nkambule.

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Botswana and Swaziland Delegates Participate in Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point Benchmarking Mission

The Trade Hub organized a benchmarking mission from April 19-25 for five standards officers: three from the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) and two from the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA). The objective of the mission, which took the officers to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), was for the delegates to understand the effective operations of a World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) as they work to institute NEPs in their own countries.

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National Enquiry Point Re-Launches in Zambia

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, along with its partners from the Zambian Bureau of Standards (ZABS), celebrated the formal re-opening of Zambia’s National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Lusaka on April 8.

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Standards Writing Workshops in Malawi and Lesotho

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a two-day training session on “Writing of Standards for Standards Technical Committee Chairpersons and Secretaries” in Blantyre, Malawi, for 20 participants, from March 4-5, in partnership with the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

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Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia Trained on ISO National Mirror Committees

The Trade Hub, in partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), conducted a three-day workshop on the running of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committees National Mirror Committees. The workshop was held in Maseru for a total of 15 participants from Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia and was facilitated by two ANSI and three ISO technical committee experts from the U.S. ISO is the largest developer and distributor of standards in the world. National Standards Bodies of individual countries can establish “mirror committees” to coordinate with international standards and disseminate information quickly to their national stakeholders

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The Critical Role of Stakeholder Participation in Developing Standards
Standards and technical regulations affect everyone’s life in one way or another. For example, when we travel to other parts of the world, we expect such things as our electrical gadgets to plug readily into existing infrastructure. Many international travelers will attest to the complications they endure due to technical incompatibility issues.

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SADCSTAN Website Redesign
As part of the Partnership for Trade Facilitation (PTF) Standards Alliance Program for the Southern African Development Community region (SADC), the Trade Hub is assisting the SADC Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) with revamping their website (www.sadcstan.co.za). 

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The Trade Hub Partners with ANSI to Reduce Technical Barriers to Trade
The Trade Hub is working closely with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to implement activities for the Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards.   

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Trade Hub and Ministry of Trade Plan for AGOA Awareness Seminar in Botswana

On October 22, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Chief Trade Officer of the Botswana Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to discuss an awareness seminar scheduled for November 12, 2015 in Gaborone on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015.

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Promoting Women’s Engagement in Local, Regional, and International Trade

From September 28-30, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and partner organization Banyan Global participated in the 30th SEEP Network Annual Conference entitled, “Inclusion and Resilience: The Next Challenge” in Arlington, Virginia.

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Persuasive Communications for AWEP Members

The SA Trade Hub held a Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Training from August 18-19, 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia. The training was made available to members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program- Zambia (AWEP). 

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Two-Day Communications Course to Help Women Entrepreneurs in Botswana and Zambia

USAID’s Southern African Trade Hub has developed a two-day Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Southern Africa in collaboration with renowned persuasive communications expert Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum, whose clients include Microsoft, Google, and high profile American politicians.

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Capacity Building for Botswana Businesswomen

On February 12, 2015, the Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Women in Business Association (WIBA) to discuss WIBA’s capacity building needs and opportunities for the Trade Hub to provide support.

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Persuasive Communication Training for Women Entrepreneurs in Botswana and Zambia

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub developed a two-day Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Southern Africa in collaboration with renowned persuasive communications expert Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum, whose clients include Microsoft, Google, and high profile American politicians.

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SADC and US Experts Exchange Views on Good Regulatory Practices

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), sponsored a two-day workshop entitled Exchange on Good Regulatory Practices in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat. The workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 1-2, 2015, provided a platform for SADC and US experts on standards and technical regulations to exchange views and experiences on GRPs. 

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Enabling Environment Overview

The Trade Hub’s Enabling Environment component supports a business climate that facilitates local and foreign investment in the Southern Africa region. The component also ensures gender integration and environmental compliance in all Trade Hub activities.

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Trade Hub Conducts TBT Needs Assessment in Namibia

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) in Windhoek on October 7, 2015 to conduct needs assessment to help the country comply with its commitments under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

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Multi-Stakeholder Workshop in Lesotho on Formulation of National Trade Policy

On September 1, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub funded a multi-stakeholder workshop for the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the formulation of a National Trade Policy. The purpose of the workshop was to make stakeholders aware of the country’s need for a comprehensive national trade policy document. 

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Trade Hub Conducts an Investor Roadmap Audit and Validation Workshop in Swaziland

The Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Investor Roadmap Unit (IRMU) conducted an investor roadmap audit covering government departments and the private sector. The Investor Roadmap is a tool to help improve a country’s investment climate with regulatory, legislative, and procedural reforms; the Trade Hub last conducted a similar audit in 2013.

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Trade Hub Training and Equipment Help Prepare Swaziland for Launch of National Enquiry Point

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub assisted with the setting up of IT equipment and office furniture purchased for the Standards Authority (SWASA) WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and trained staff on functions, procedures and operations of an enquiry point on June 11-12, 2015 in Swaziland. The objective of the technical assistance is to help Swaziland fulfill the requirements of the WTO TBT Agreement.

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Trade Hub Conducts National Enquiry Point Awareness Seminar in Livingstone

On June 11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), held an awareness seminar in Livingstone, Zambia on the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point (NEP), which was re-launched in Lusaka in April. 

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The Trade Hub Briefs the Lesotho Economic Affairs Minister on Investor Roadmap Implementation

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Lesotho Minister of Economic Affairs, Kimetso Mathaba, in the Prime Minister’s Office to update the Minister on implementation progress for the Investor Roadmap for Lesotho. The meeting was requested by the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs during an Investor Roadmap audit conducted by the Trade Hub earlier in May in partnership with the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) and the Department of Policy and Strategic Planning (DPSP). The recent audit was part of a five-day Trade Hub program that included a one-day validation workshop and a workshop on Investment Reform Communications Best Practice.

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Trade Hub Conducts Investor Roadmap Audit and Validation Workshop in Lesotho

In partnership with the Lesotho National Development Corporation and the Department of Policy and Strategic Planning, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted an investor roadmap audit in Lesotho after a similar exercise in Swaziland the previous week.

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Trade Hub Collaborates with SADC Secretariat on Development of Investor Roadmaps for SADC Member States

The SADC Secretariat, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU through the Regional Economic Integration Support (REIS) Programme, has been working for the last two years to develop a SADC Investment Policy Framework using the OECD Policy Framework for Investment.

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Zambian National Enquiry Point Readies for Re-launch

During the week of February 16-20, the Trade Hub conducted staff training for the National Enquiry Point (NEP) of the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and commissioned equipment procured by the Trade Hub for the NEP.

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Lesotho National Enquiry Point About to Launch
Experts from the Trade Hub delivered a two-day training program in Lesotho for National Entry Point (NEP) staff on the functions, procedures, and operations of enquiry points in November 2014. The newly established Lesotho NEP is housed under the Department of Standards and Quality Assurance (DSQA) within the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing (MTICM). 

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Malawi Opens National Enquiry Point
The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has set up a national enquiry point in September 2014 to help companies in the export sector have easy access to rules governing their trade in countries party to the World Trade Organization.

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Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia Establish National Enquiry Points for Trade Information
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is providing technical assistance support to Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia to establish an effective World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point and Notification Authority.

The first phase of technical assistance involved capacity building workshops in December 2013.

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National Enquiry Point (NEP) Launched for Lesotho

Maseru, Lesotho...In November 2014, the formal opening of the Lesothos's first National Enquiry Point (NEP) took place. Under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement, member nations develop enquiry points to strengthen their legal and regulatory framework for standards in order to increase trade.

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