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

Delegates participated in sessions covering many aspects of Single Window implementation including financing structures and sustainability, inter-agency cooperation, regional integration, best practices, and adherence to international standardsUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored delegates from Malawi and Namibia to the 4th International Single Window Conference hosted by the African Alliance for E-Commerce (AACE) in Brazzaville, Congo from October 5-7, 2015. 

Workshop participants review priority laws likely to be affected by the implementation of National Single WindowFrom September 21-25, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted the inaugural workshop of the Namibia National Single Window Legal Technical Working Group in Windhoek. Workshop participants identified a list of priority laws likely to be affected by the implementation of National Single Window; each of the priority laws was then assigned to working group members for their analysis and recommendations to the group for peer review. 

The training was designed to equip PMU members with the project management knowledge and skills they will require to effectively execute projects and implement policies to launch Botswana’s National Single WindowFrom September 21-25, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a project management training workshop for prospective members of the Botswana National Single Window Project Management Unit (NSW PMU). 

Ed Winant, Economic Officer, Economic Section of the US Embassy, Pretoria, Moderates, ”A Regional Approach to Energy.”

This year’s Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS) Annual Forum was co-sponsored by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, taking place at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on July 14-15, 2015. TIPS, a South African think tank, contributes to policy development through research and dialogue, and the TIPS Annual Forum brought together key researchers side-by-side with government policy-makers to foster broad dialogue. More than 150 delegates were in attendance, including academics and members of the research community; private sector actors from agriculture and industry; government representatives; and delegates from international organizations and donors.

US Ambassador Thomas Daughton delivers address at the Namibia Trade Information Portal Launch. USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with Namibia’s Ministry of Finance and Namibia’s Customs and Excise, launched a powerful new tool on July 22, 2015 to increase and facilitate cross-border trade. Namibia’s Trade Information Portal is a web-based platform that provides an authoritative “one-stop shop” of readily accessible trade, customs, and compliance information.

Successful and sustainable National Single Window implementation is built on simplified and harmonized trade processesUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a training workshop for Namibia’s National Single Window Working Group on Business Process Reengineering (BPR) in Windhoek, Namibia from September 8-10, 2015. 

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.

Comprehensive TF Program Delivered to SADCOn September 10, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub submitted the final version of the Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Programme (CTFP) document to SADC officials. This version of the CTFP incorporates changes that were made as a result of the inputs received from Member State representatives at the CTFP Workshop held in Johannesburg from September 1-3, 2015.

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mapulumo Mosisili and Director of Trade, Mary Motebang with participants during the National Trade Policy WorkshopOn September 1, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub funded a multi-stakeholder workshop for the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Trade and Industry on the formulation of a National Trade Policy. The purpose of the workshop was to make stakeholders aware of the country’s need for a comprehensive national trade policy document. 

Rear (left to right): Bright Mvula, Senior Economic Analyst, NSO and Karen Henderson, Trade Hub Data and Document Harmonization Expert. Front (left to right): Mercy Kanyuka, Commissioner of Statistics, NSO; Oscar Kamanga, Management Information Systems Officer, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA); Lizzie Chikoti, Assistant Commissioner of Statistics, NSO; and Stuart Millen, Trade Hub NSW AdvisorDuring the week of August 31, 2015, the Trade Hub traveled to the city of Zomba, Malawi to meet with key personnel of the National Statistical Office (NSO) and ensure harmonization with the National Single Window initiative currently supported by the Trade Hub in Malawi.

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