The Trade Hub presented at the SADC Expert Group meeting in Gaborone, Botswana April 28-29 on Quality Infrastructure Projects and Initiatives in SADC. The Trade Hub presented an overview of the project and its objectives, outcomes, and work programs as well as lessons learned from technical cooperation activities in the SADC region, particularly in the SQAM (Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology) area. The invitation to participate at this event was an endorsement of the Trade Hub’s increasingly important role in SQAM activities in the region and the continued strengthening of the relationship between the Trade Hub and the SADC Secretariat.
The workshop was organized in conjunction with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to identify areas of complementarity, cooperation, and coordination within SADC Member States and to learn from best practices. Effective and efficient coordination of trade-related technical assistance projects and initiatives on SQAM infrastructure in SADC is a key condition to achieve social economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.
The inputs from the two-day meeting will assist SADC Member States in the development of an inclusive and sustainable quality infrastructure strategy to support industrial development. The heads of the national standards bodies of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zambia attended the meeting, and Evans Chinembiri represented USAID/Southern Africa at the event.