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 assists course participants From February 1-5, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi on business process reengineering to prepare them for National Single Window (NSW) implementation.

Revised Customs Act Commences in NamibiaDuring the last week of January 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub began the second reading of the revised Customs Act in Windhoek, Namibia, which was drafted by the Trade Hub at the end of 2015.

Botswana for National Single Window On January 27, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized and hosted a meeting of Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) senior managers and directors from other government agencies who are to be involved in implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) and members of the NSW Project Management Unit (PMU). 

NEPs equipmentUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has supported Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zambia to establish World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Points (NEPs) to help the countries meet their WTO obligations.

Paul Colpitts (right) meeting with BURS During the week of January 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub started work to complete two priority areas of technical assistance to the Botswana United Revenue Service (BURS).

The Trade Hub’s trade facilitation team members confer with USAID’s Paul Pleva and Evans Chinembiri in Pretoria The trade facilitation component of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met in Pretoria for a workshop during the week of January 4-8, 2016 to discuss project closure activities and take stock of achievements realized under the project extension period. 

Hon. Raymond Mpundu, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry (second from right) with award winnersOn December 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS); Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry; and the UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Framework to support the inaugural Zambia Annual Quality Awards held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. 

Phindile Priscilla Dlamini, Director Regulatory and Quality Infrastructure Development Section, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and TradeOn December 10, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held a workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland to validate the list of regulations and pieces of legislation compiled by the Trade Hub to facilitate the development of a booklet of all technical regulations in Swaziland.

Victor Mundembe, Manager, Metrology at the Namibian Standards InstitutionOn December 15, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) to organize a workshop on “Liquid Measuring Devices Subject to Legal Metrology Control” in Windhoek, Namibia. The workshop was part of the assistance that NSI requested from the Trade Hub during a needs assessment meeting in October 2015.

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.