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


Workshop participants learned how to proceed from policy to legislation and about the importance of regulatory impact assessmentsOn December 4, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland on the topic of “From Policy to Law and Regulatory Impact Analysis” (RIA). The workshop was hosted by the Regulatory and Quality Infrastructure Development Department at the Swaziland Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade. 

The Provincial Director for Industry and Commerce Antonio Machamale officiated the event in InhambaneThe Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), with support from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held two seminars on “Private Sector Participation in Standards Development” in Quelimane (Zambezia Province) and Inhambane (Inhambane Province) on November 27 and 30, 2015, respectively. 

Photo: The workshop was attended by public and private sector stakeholders in Nacala CityFollowing a half-day workshop to sensitize the business community in Tete Province on November 16, 2015, the Trade Hub held a similar event in Nacala City, Nampula Province on November 19, 2015, in conjunction with the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ). 

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.

Provincial Director of Industry and Commerce Joao Machava officiated the workshop in TeteOn November 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ) to host a sensitization workshop for the business community in Tete Province. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance awareness of the importance of standards and to increase participation in the standards development process.

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). 

SWASA Council Member Armstrong Dlamini, SWASA Council Member Gino Nkambule, Chief Executive Officer of the Swaziland Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce Bonisiwe Ntando, Cos Mamhunze of the Southern Africa Trade Hub, Political and Economic Officer of the US Embassy/Swaziland Jessica Panchatha, Acting Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Hon. Minister Smallboy Dlamini, and SWASA Executive Director Lomkhosi MkhontaOn November 6, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) as they commemorated World Standards Day under the theme “Standards: The World’s Common Language” in Mbabane. 

Swasa Executive Director Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta presenting at the Revised ISO Standards Workshop in SwazilandUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), facilitated a discussion on two recently revised International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards: the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System in Mbabane, Swaziland, from November 4-5, 2015.

ANSI Program Manager of International Development Madeleine McDougall and USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s George Makore in AccraOn November 3, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in Accra, Ghana to improve standards development and implementation in the SADC region. 

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.