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
On 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.
On 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.
On 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.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Botswana (August 31 - September 1, 2015) and Swaziland (September 3-4, 2015) as part of its program of technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Points (NEPs).
During 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.
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.
As part of the technical assistance on standards to improve the effectiveness of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) national enquiry points (NEP), strengthen the regulatory framework for standards, enhance the standards development process and improve private sector involvement in standards development, the SA Trade Hub facilitated the formation of national TBT Consultative Committees for Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia.
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.
“AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership,” took place in Libreville, Gabon, from August 24-27, 2015. The forum provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent renewal of AGOA, take stock of AGOA’s successes over the last fifteen years, and launch a dialogue on the shared vision for the future of U.S.-Africa trade.
During the week of August 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented at the inaugural Trade Subcommittee co-hosted by USAID and the EU in Maputo at the USAID Mozambique Mission. Representatives from UNIDO, GIZ, INNOQ, and UNDP attended the meeting.