• 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.

Photo: DK Chabo presents the finer points of a National Enquiry Point to the Francistown crowdUSAID’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.

The NEP in Botswana was recently launched in Gaborone with Trade Hub support on September 28, 2015. An NEP helps countries respond to information requests on technical regulations from other nations and traders, as well as to provide relevant documentation regarding technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures. By providing centralized access to information related to trade and standards, the NEP is vital in helping reduce the time and cost of trade.

Participants were drawn from the public and government sectors and were made clearly aware of the roles of the NEP, the Trade Hub, BOBS, and the Notification Authority, and the importance of the National Enquiry Point for international trade.

Photo: DK Chabo presents the finer points of a National Enquiry Point to the Francistown crowd