• 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.

Victor Mundembe, Manager, Metrology at the Namibian Standards InstitutionOn December 15, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) to organize a workshop on “Liquid Measuring Devices Subject to Legal Metrology Control” in Windhoek, Namibia. The workshop was part of the assistance that NSI requested from the Trade Hub during a needs assessment meeting in October 2015.

Legal metrology is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments. The objective of the one-day workshop was to create stakeholder awareness on the importance of trade metrology, instruments verification and ability to conduct type approvals, as well as to enhance private sector participation in the standardization process.

The workshop covered relevant standards and regulations, key metrology terminology, repair of measuring instruments, metrology legislation, testing and verification of liquid fuel devices and meters, type evaluation and approval, and a country-wide verification work plan for the year 2016.

The workshop was attended by stakeholders representing major fuel distribution companies (Puma, Total, Engen), other private companies, and NSI officers. Ralph Hofelein represented USAID/Namibia at the workshop, which was also attended by the Trade Hub’s Trade Facilitation representative in Namibia, Daniel Melkin, who presented an overview on the Trade Hub’s trade facilitation work in Namibia and the SADC region.

Photo: Victor Mundembe, Manager, Metrology at the Namibian Standards Institution