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


USAID Southern Africa Deputy Mission Director Littleton Tazewell, US Consul General Christopher Rowan, and SADC Senior Program Officer Willie Shumba at one of the workshop sessions in Johannesburg From September 1-3, 2015, the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Directorate of Trade, Industry, Finance, and Investment, supported by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held a three-day Consultative Workshop on the SADC Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Programme (CTFP) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

World Customs Organization (WCO) seminar in Malawi.This week the SA Trade Hub Single Window Advisor and short-term consultant Karen Henderson visited the Malawi Revenue Authority, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Pharmacies, Medicines and Poisons Board, the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre, the Reserve Bank of Malawi, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Malawi Bureau of Standards, the Malawi Police Service and the National Statistics Office to meet and discuss document and data collection and harmonization.

Members of Lesotho’s National Trade Facilitation Committee gather after the trainingUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted training during the week of August 10, 2015 for the Lesotho National Trade Facilitation Committee. The Lesotho Ministry of Trade and Industry requested that the Trade Hub provide the training, which covered the details of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Legal Counsel for the Malawi Revenue Authority Chris Likomwa discusses terminology in the Customs Law with Kahaki Jere of the Ministry of JusticeUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 3-6, 2015 for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW) Legal Technical Working Group. The participants represented seven different government agencies including the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Malawi Revenue Authority, and the Ministry of Finance.

SADC OESD meetingThe SA Trade Hub participated in the 6th SADC Investment Focus Group (IFG) organized with support from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

The Trade Information Portal will be launched on July 22 in WindhoekThe official launch of the Namibia Trade Information Portal has been confirmed for July 22, 2015. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Finance with the Honorable Minister Calle Schlettwein giving the keynote speech in the presence of USAID’s leadership.

SADC logoUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub met with Southern African Development Community (SADC) representatives in Gaborone to discuss ongoing technical assistance to SADC in their desire to design and develop a regional Trade Portal for SADC.

The Trade Hub’s Trade and Investment Specialist Cosmas Mamhunze with the SWASA Executive Director, Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta at SWASAUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub assisted with the setting up of IT equipment and office furniture purchased for the Standards Authority (SWASA) WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and trained staff on functions, procedures and operations of an enquiry point on June 11-12, 2015 in Swaziland. The objective of the technical assistance is to help Swaziland fulfill the requirements of the WTO TBT Agreement.

Principal Secretary, Southern Province and Guest of Honor Sibanje Simuchoba addresses the audienceOn June 11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), held an awareness seminar in Livingstone, Zambia on the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point (NEP), which was re-launched in Lusaka in April. 

Trade Hub Legal Review Team MalawiUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub visited Malawi from June 8-12, 2015, to work with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to establish a technical working group to conduct the legal review for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW).

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