• Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

The Trade Hub’s Cosmas Mamhunze and George Makore meet with the Deputy Executive Secretary of SACU Thabo Khasipe (center)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.

Mr. Khasipe highlighted SACU’s interest in learning more about AGOA following its recent renewal and indicated interest in the development of a value chain-based SACU AGOA strategy to capitalize on economies of scale. The SACU Deputy Executive Secretary suggested that an AGOA Awareness workshop involving trade and investment agencies would identify the opportunities AGOA presents to SACU Member States and encourage collaboration among SACU countries on increasing AGOA utilization.

SACU, the world`s oldest custom union established in 1910, was established to promote economic development through regional coordination of trade. The five-member body is made up of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. The customs union collects duties on local production and customs duties on members’ imports from outside SACU, and uses a revenue-sharing formula to share the revenue among member states.

AGOA gives sub-Saharan African nations duty-free access to U.S. markets for certain goods such as textiles and has been renewed for ten years. SACU disseminated a press release about the meeting, which can be found at the following link: http://www.sacu.int/docs/pr/2015/pr1008.pdf

Photo: The Trade Hub’s Cosmas Mamhunze and George Makore meet with the Deputy Executive Secretary of SACU Thabo Khasipe (center).