The Trade Hub’s Enabling Environment component supports a business climate that facilitates local and foreign investment in the Southern Africa region. The component also ensures gender integration and environmental compliance in all Trade Hub activities. Read more

Photo: The workshop was attended by public and private sector stakeholders in Nacala CityFollowing a half-day workshop to sensitize the business community in Tete Province on November 16, 2015, the Trade Hub held a similar event in Nacala City, Nampula Province on November 19, 2015, in conjunction with the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ). 

Provincial Director of Industry and Commerce Joao Machava officiated the workshop in TeteOn November 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ) to host a sensitization workshop for the business community in Tete Province. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance awareness of the importance of standards and to increase participation in the standards development process.

SWASA Council Member Armstrong Dlamini, SWASA Council Member Gino Nkambule, Chief Executive Officer of the Swaziland Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce Bonisiwe Ntando, Cos Mamhunze of the Southern Africa Trade Hub, Political and Economic Officer of the US Embassy/Swaziland Jessica Panchatha, Acting Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Hon. Minister Smallboy Dlamini, and SWASA Executive Director Lomkhosi MkhontaOn November 6, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) as they commemorated World Standards Day under the theme “Standards: The World’s Common Language” in Mbabane. 

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.

ANSI Program Manager of International Development Madeleine McDougall and USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s George Makore in AccraOn November 3, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Accra, Ghana to improve standards development and implementation in the SADC region. 

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. 

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 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.

During the second day of the event, SWASA presented on the requirements stipulated in standards and the importance of water qualityUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), hosted a two-day event on Awareness on Public Review and Published National Standards in Swaziland from October 13-14, 2015.

Trade Hub team with NIC personnel during the needs assessmentFrom October 5-8, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with stakeholders in Windhoek, Namibia to conduct needs assessment on investment climate reform and the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

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