The goal of the United States Agency for International De-velopment (USAID) Southern Africa Trade Hub is to in-crease international competitiveness, intra-regional trade, and food security in Southern Africa.
With offices in Gaborone, Botswana; Centurion (Pretoria), South Africa; and embedded advisors in offices in Malawi and Namibia, the Trade Hub works primarily in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swa-ziland, and Zambia.
The Trade Hub provides needs-driven assistance to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), governments, and private sector organizations in eight countries to ad-vance regional trade within Southern Africa while incorporat-ing gender integration, environment compliance, and strategic outreach in all activities.
As a regional program the Trade Hub works to:
- Reduce the time and cost of transporting goods across borders by deploying modern trade facilitation tools such as trade information portals and national single windows in selected countries.
- Strengthen the competitiveness of the grain, soy and groundnut value chains by reducing post-harvest losses, introducing better seeds and technologies, strengthening regional agricultural institutions and supporting trade and investment links.
- Increase capacity for regulating and enhancing the clean energy sector to increase investments.
- Improve the regional trade, investment and integration enabling environment through regulatory reform and the promotion of harmonized standards.
The Trade Hub supports the USAID Feed the Future pro-gram and the African Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (ACTE) initiative. The duration of the project is September 2010 to March 2016.