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

Workshop participants from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe represented national standard bodies, government departments, past award winners, and the judgesFollowing a request from the SADC Secretariat, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the SADC Annual Quality Awards Training Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 23-24, 2015. The objective of the two-day workshop was to review five years of implementation, share experiences, and improve the selection process.

Ambassador Earl Miller and Minister of Trade and Industry Vincent Seretse officially open the National Enquiry Point, housed at the Botswana Bureau of Standards in GaboroneUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub helped to launch the first National Enquiry Point in Botswana on September 28, 2015. Under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, each member nation must develop an effective National Enquiry Point (NEP) in order to increase trade. NEPs provide a “one-stop shop” where traders can receive crucial information for doing business with other WTO member countries.

Meeting with BITC and the Ministry of Trade and IndustryOn September 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a meeting with the Botswana Trade and Investment Centre (BITC) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to follow up on meetings during the 14th AGOA Forum, which took place in Gabon from August 24-27, 2015.

The National TBT Consultative Committee Workshop for Botswana was held at the Botswana Bureau of Standards in Gaborone USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Botswana (August 31 - September 1, 2015) and Swaziland (September 3-4, 2015) as part of its program of technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Points (NEPs).

TBT consultative committee workshop in Lesotho.As part of the technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) national enquiry points (NEP), strengthen the regulatory framework for standards, enhance the standards development process and improve private sector involvement in standards development, the SA Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia.

US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman addresses the AGOA Forum

“AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership,” took place in Libreville, Gabon, from August 24-27, 2015. The forum provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent renewal of AGOA, take stock of AGOA’s successes over the last fifteen years, and launch a dialogue on the shared vision for the future of U.S.-Africa trade.

Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Cosmas Mamhunze and George Makore with USAID’s Amanda Fong and USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex DickieDuring the week of August 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented at the inaugural Trade Subcommittee co-hosted by USAID and the EU in Maputo at the USAID Mozambique Mission. Representatives from UNIDO, GIZ, INNOQ, and UNDP attended the meeting.

Participants at INNOQ Headquarters, Zimpeta (Maputo), MozambiqueUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a two-day Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Consultative Committee workshop on August 17-18, 2015 in collaboration with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ). 

Women entrepreneurs discussed issues uniquely faced by women in business in Botswana and gained skills to help their enterprises growUSAID’s Southern African Trade Hub held a Persuasive Communication and Negotiation training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Gaborone, Botswana from August 13-14, 2015. 

Seminar participants from Pemba, a port city located in Mozambique’s northernmost province bordering TanzaniaOn August 11, 2015, the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), supported by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held an outreach and informational seminar in Pemba regarding the development and relaunch of Mozambique’s National Enquiry Point (NEP). 

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