In Southern Africa, trade costs as high as double the global average significantly constrain trade-based growth, limit product diversification and increase the price of goods, including food. To reduce the time and costs of importing and exporting, the Trade  and Investment Hub is promoting several modern trade facilitation tools and assisting in their adoption. Read More


The Trade Hub’s Alistair Gall with Lauren Scott and Goitseone Montsho, the Economic/Commercial Specialist from the US Embassy to BotswanaOn December 4, 2015, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted Lauren Scott, the Economic Officer for Africa within the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs at the State Department, at the Trade Hub offices in Gaborone, Botswana. 

Photo: MRA Human Resource Manager Debbie Tsilizani provides an overview of the Change Management Program recently implemented at the MRA to Trade Hub Transport Specialist Magdeline MabuaDuring the week of November 23, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub visited a number of government agencies in Malawi to collect information required for the National Single Window Readiness Assessment.

USAID GuideFrom November 10-12, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in a workshop organized by the Botswana Ministry of Trade and Industry with support from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

Issy Murangi, Chief Customs and Excise Officer and Helvi Iyambo, Senior Customs and Excise Officer of Namibia Customs and Excise Statistics with trainer Karen HendersonFrom November 2-4, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub provided training in Data Harmonization to further develop the Namibian Government’s understanding of National Single Window in readiness for implementation.

Trade Hub Customs Modernization and Single Window Advisor Alistair Gall (second from right) was a presenter and key guest speaker on the panel “WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA): Opportunities, Challenges to Implementation, and the Use of Innovative Information Technologies”From October 27-29, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub Customs Modernization and Single Window Advisor Alistair Gall and Evans Chinembiri from the USAID Regional Economic Growth Office for Southern Africa participated in the Second Global Customs and Trade Facilitation Summit held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event attracted 1,000 participants from over 100 nations with the goal of promoting global trade.

Customs Clearing Agent Elia Sibale, MRA Customs Manager Julio Mpinga, and USAID’s Paul Pleva at the Mwanza Border PostFrom November 2-3, 2015, USAID Southern Africa’s Paul Pleva and members of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held consultations with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) in Blantyre and then visited the Mwanza Border Post to meet with various government officials and agencies regarding the development of a National Single Window (NSW) for Malawi.

MRA Revenue Officer Susan Kadawere (left) provides feedback to the Trade Hub Data and Document Harmonization expert Karen Henderson on the data elements of the MRA Form 12 (Customs Declaration)From October 27-29, 2015, in Lilongwe, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub provided training in Data Harmonization to build the capacity of government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi to implement National Single Window. Similar training was presented the previous week in Blantyre.

Presentation on Organizational Project Management by Trade Hub to members of the Executive Management Committee of the Botswana Unified Revenue ServiceOn October 22, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented a training session on project management to the National Single Window (NSW) Project Management Unit in Gaborone, Botswana. The first phase of training took place in late September 2015 to equip the PMU with the necessary skills, techniques, and methodologies for successful project management.

Trade Hub expert Karen Henderson assists a break-out group to validate Malawi data elements for accuracy and correct mapping to the WCO data set during the Data Harmonization Training course in BlantyreFrom October 20-22, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub provided training in Data Harmonization to improve the ability of government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi to implement the National Single Window.

Trade Hub team and NSI Management discussing the possible technical assistance on TBT in WindhoekUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) in Windhoek on October 7, 2015 to conduct needs assessment to help the country comply with its commitments under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.

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