• 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.

Swasa Executive Director Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta presenting at the Revised ISO Standards Workshop in SwazilandUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), facilitated a discussion on two recently revised International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards: the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System in Mbabane, Swaziland, from November 4-5, 2015.

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to determine if a revision is required to keep the standards current and relevant for the marketplace. This process responds to the latest trends and is compatible with other management systems.

A management systems expert conducted the two-day session, which was attended by participants from government departments, regulatory agencies, and the private sector. The expert covered changes to the two standards, the transition period, and the possible impact of the changes on Swaziland.

The two-day event culminated in a World Standards Day commemoration on Friday November 6, also supported by the Trade Hub.

Photo: Swasa Executive Director Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta presenting at the Revised ISO Standards Workshop in Swaziland