The Trade and Investment Hub, joined by the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USAID, the South Africa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and TRALAC (Trade Law Center), contributed to a successful African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum and networking event organized by WESGRO, the provincial tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa.
USAID is again going to support a number of companies from Southern Africa to attend MAGIC Las Vegas, the world’s largest and most important textile, apparel, and footwear trade show, from February 16-18, 2016. This year’s effort at MAGIC is organized by USAID’s Management Support and Technical Assistance Services (MSTAS) Project, with regional coordination and introductions provided by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub.
With input from the communications teams from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a company directory and pull-up banners featuring the Africa Advantage branding were designed and produced for MAGIC Las Vegas which took place from February 15-18, 2016.
USAID is organizing an integrated “Sourcing Africa Pavilion” at MAGIC Las Vegas 2016 for textile and apparel companies from Southern, East, and West Africa. A number of leading Lesotho and South African apparel companies have already committed to attend MAGIC.
During the week of January 18, 2016, a joint thematic slogan for the integrated Sourcing Africa pavilion at the MAGIC 2016 fashion trade show was developed and agreed upon by the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH), West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (WATIH), and the Southern African Trade Hub.
During the week of January 15, 2016, USAID’S Southern Africa Trade Hub had a follow-up coordination call with USAID project MSTAS as well as the West and East Africa Trade Hubs to discuss the status of action items related to the upcoming MAGIC Las Vegas textile, apparel, and footwear trade show.
In February 2016, USAID will again support a number of companies from Southern Africa to attend the MAGIC Las Vegas fashion trade show. Based on the success of last year’s participation at MAGIC, USAID is organizing an integrated “Sourcing Africa Pavilion” where textile and apparel companies from Southern, East, and West Africa will jointly exhibit. A number of leading Lesotho and South African apparel companies have already committed to attend MAGIC.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with Steve Lamar, Executive Vice-President of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), in Washington DC during the week of December 21, 2015. AAFA is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn product companies and suppliers.
With the support of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, a new hybrid maize seed well-suited to Swaziland’s farming community was introduced into the country in September 2015, demonstrating the progress that Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States have made harmonizing and modernizing their seed sectors.