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

USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex Dickie addresses the NEP Launch in Maputo

With the launch of the country’s expanded National Enquiry Point (NEP) on August 13, 2015, Mozambican exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive information necessary for doing business with other World Trade Organization member countries and neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The new and improved NEP will benefit trade by identifying standards, technical regulations, and conformity procedures to improve regional and global market access.

SEEP LogoThe SA Trade Hub met with implementing partner, Banyan Global, in Washington, DC, to brainstorm and discuss a number of key ways to continue to promote gender integration across the various aspects of the program. 

Trade Hub logoUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub has engaged an expert to assist six countries in the region establish or reinstate and improve their National Consultative Committees (NCC) to help improve the effectiveness of the operations of the countries’ WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and Notification Authorities.

Commercial Specialist at the US Embassy in Swaziland Dorothy Mlambo cuts the ribbon, officially opening the NEPUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), launched the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Matsapha, Swaziland, on June 23, 2015.

Students from nine high schools in Swaziland’s four regions came to the SymposiumUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), supported a High Schools Symposium on Standards on June 17, 2015 at the Mavuso Trade Centre in Manzini, Swaziland. The event was attended by over 150 people including the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Titus Khumalo.

Photo: Participants from the Women in Business Workshop held in conjunction with ZFAWBUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), held two workshops to create awareness on the Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) activities in Lusaka, Zambia from June 8-9, 2015. The objective of the workshops was to help improve the standards development process in Zambia by increasing private sector participation in the standards making process.

INNOQ’s offices in Zampeto, MaputoUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained staff of the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade/National Institute for Standardization and Quality (INNOQ) on operations of a National Enquiry Point (NEP) and commissioned the equipment that the Trade Hub procured for the NEP.

Keolebogile Segomelo, BOBS Director Standards, addressing participants at the workshopUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), organized back-to-back training workshops on Code of Good Practice for standards writing technical committee chairpersons and secretaries, and Referencing Standards in Regulations for standards and technical regulations developers at BOBS in Gaborone, from June 8-10 and June 11-12, 2015. 

SADCSTAN Website Launch PageThe new Southern Africa Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) website at has gone live in a “soft launch” with the support of the Trade Hub. The former website ( will be kept live until the new website becomes familiar to SADCSTAN stakeholders. SADCSTAN will institute its own initiatives to publicize the new website and attract increased traffic.

SADCSTAN TrainingThe Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting the Southern Africa Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) to revamp its website.

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