Members of the International Cooperating Partners Thematic Group on Trade and Customs during their meeting at the Trade Hub on September 9, 2015On September 9, 2015, the Trade Hub hosted a meeting by Cluster 1 of the SADC Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) Thematic Group at the Trade Hub offices in Gaborone. Cluster 1, which consists of Trade and Customs, is chaired by Evans Chinembiri, USAID/Southern Africa Project Officer.

Meetings are held periodically to provide Cluster members with an opportunity to discuss progress on activities they are implementing in the SADC region. The meeting also served as preparation for a report by the Cluster chair to a SADC TIFI Thematic Group meeting with all the International Cooperating Partners (ICPs), which was held at SADC on September 10.

The SADC TIFI Thematic Group meeting is a platform for the SADC TIFI Directorate and ICPs to update each other on the progress of implementation in identified priority areas. This helps avoid duplication of effort, ensures effective implementation, and aids in the monitoring and evaluation of the programs. Trade Hub COR Paul Pleva attended both meetings.

Photo: Members of the International Cooperating Partners Thematic Group on Trade and Customs during their meeting at the Trade Hub on September 9, 2015