• 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.

Nepad-oecdEarlier 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. 

The Trade Hub is promoting the new SADC investment policy guidelines among key public, private, and parastatal stakeholders in each country, prioritizing specific recommended actions at the national level, and formulating country-specific approaches to implementation.

In September 2015, the Trade Hub joined forces with the National Strategy Office in Botswana, the Economic Development Board of Madagascar, the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre, the Mauritius Board of Investment, and the Zambia Development Agency to engage in an implementation-oriented outreach effort and dialogue. Over the last two months, the Trade Hub has facilitated over 100 meetings across these five SADC member states, which will culminate in national-level workshops where private sector players, public sector leaders, and association heads will come together to establish priorities and articulate plans for moving forward with the policy guidance.

The first of these planned national-level consultative workshops was held in Port Louis, Mauritius on Friday, October 23, 2015. Similar workshops have been scheduled in the other four member states for November 2015. All five countries are committed to presenting Way Forward Strategies for implementing the regional investment policy harmonization guidance at the next session of the SADC Investment Focus Group (IFG), which is scheduled for early December 2015 in Johannesburg. The Trade Hub will kick off its planned implementation support for a second group of five SADC member states at these December IFG meetings.