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U.S. Ambassador hands certificates to business women

U.S. Ambassador hands certificates to business women

February 18, 2016 Windhoek, Namibia: “Women hold the key to economic growth,” said U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton to the participants of a Communications & Negotiations Workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) in the capital on 18 February 2016, when the three- day event closed.

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Sustaining and Expanding Southern African Power through Effective Regulation

Sustaining and Expanding Southern African Power through Effective Regulation

February 18, 2016 Pretoria, South Africa: The U.S. government commemorated the completion of a new regulatory training curriculum with a formal hand-over ceremony with its energy sector partner, the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA). The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) hosted the hand-over ceremony.

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New, High-Yielding Maize Seed Introduced to Swaziland

New, High-Yielding Maize Seed Introduced to Swaziland

September 29, 2015 Mbabane, Swaziland: A new hybrid seed well-suited to Swaziland’s farming community has just been introduced into the country. The seed, MRI 514, is an early-maturing, drought-tolerant and has a potential yield of ten metric tons per hectare. Adoption of this variety could significantly increase the average smallholder’s yield, currently less than two metric tons per hectare. 

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U.S. Fostering Renewable Energy Generation in Zambia

U.S. Fostering Renewable Energy Generation in Zambia

September 22, 2015 Lusaka, Zambia: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Mines, Energy, and Water Development joined private sector companies and civil society organizations at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel to mark the final stages in the development of Zambia’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) mechanism. 

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Mozambique Improves Regional and Global Market Access

Mozambique Improves Regional and Global Market Access

August 13, 2015 Maputo, Mozambique: Mozambican exporters and importers now have a more effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive crucial information on laws, regulations and quality standards for doing business with other World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries, and their neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

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SADC Sanitary and Phytosanitary Strategies for Improving Food Safety and Promoting Regional Trade

SADC Sanitary and Phytosanitary Strategies for Improving Food Safety and Promoting Regional Trade

August 4, 2015 Gaborone, BOTSWANA: Today’s event celebrated 12 months of cooperation between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Programme. The results of this collaboration are Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary Strategies to ensure that consumers are being supplied with food products that are safe to eat, plants and animals are protected from plant pests and animal diseases and at the same time improving safe regional and international trade.

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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Visits Lesotho

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Visits Lesotho

June 17, 2015 Maseru, Lesotho: Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles Gail Strickler visited Lesotho on June 16 to highlight the successful partnership between the United States and Lesotho under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and see first-hand the impact of U.S. programs that support the textile industry and overall economic development in the Kingdom. 

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Swaziland Seeks to Grow Trade and Improve Standards

Swaziland Seeks to Grow Trade and Improve Standards

June 1, 2015 Swaziland: The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade is working with the support of USAID to improve the business environment for investors, importers and exporters in Swaziland in order to help Swaziland meet World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.

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Lesotho Investor Roadmap Audit

Lesotho Investor Roadmap Audit

June 1, 2015 Lesotho: An investor roadmap for Lesotho has been created to encourage investment in the country. This strategy for managing and improving the country’s investment outlook includes suggestions for regulatory, legislative and procedural reforms.

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AGOA, USTR Reception at Embassy of Botswana United States

AGOA, USTR Reception at Embassy of Botswana United States

April 29, 2015 Washington, DC: Leading apparel manufacturers and retail buyers, policy-makers, government officials, think tanks, business associations, and diplomats will gather at the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, April 29, 2015 at 4:30PM for a reception featuring a status update on the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the upcoming pan-African apparel trade show, Source Africa.

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Southern Africa Primed to Expand Exports to the United States

Southern Africa Primed to Expand Exports to the United States

April 17, 2015 Durban, South Africa: Distinguished representatives from the United States Government and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), together with various South African business chambers and export councils, members of the business and manufacturing communities, and local government officials gathered April 15 at the Sun Coast Conference Center in Durban for a Regional Export and Trade Facilitation Workshop.

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Zambia Improves Regional and Global Market Access

Zambia Improves Regional and Global Market Access

April 8, 2015 Lusaka, Zambia: Zambian exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive crucial information on laws, regulations, and quality standards for doing business with other World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries.

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REFIT Policy Validation Workshop Zambia

REFIT Policy Validation Workshop Zambia

March 17, 2015 Lusaka, Zambia: USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been working closely with Zambia’s Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development at the Department of Energy to develop a Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) Policy for the country, which will enable the government to buy renewable energy from producers at pre-determined prices. A successful REFIT policy will help reduce price volatility and increase renewable energy uptake in Zambia.

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