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
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.
From 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.
Earlier this year, SADC approached USAID Southern Africa to request the Trade Hub’s support to Member States in developing roadmaps to implement SADC’s new regional investment policy guidelines. In consultation with SADC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Trade Hub designed a support program to work closely with the leadership of investment promotion authorities and trade/investment ministries in selected SADC member states.
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.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), held an awareness seminar on National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Francistown, the second largest city in Botswana, on October 19, 2015. The establishment of a National Enquiry Point is an important element of the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
On 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.
From 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.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), Thabo Khasipe, in Windhoek, Namibia on October 8, 2015 to discuss possible areas of collaboration. During the visit, the Trade Hub briefed SACU on enabling environment activities including investor roadmaps, standards, and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to obtain the SACU Secretariat’s input.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), hosted a two-day event on Awareness on Public Review and Published National Standards in Swaziland from October 13-14, 2015.
USAID'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.