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

NSW Communications Strategy for BotswanaThe USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting a stakeholder engagement and communications audit in Botswana that will result in a communications strategy for National Single Window (NSW). The strategy will build support for NSW and promote awareness of this initiative, which the Government of Botswana adopted earlier this year.

NSW Meeting in NamibiaUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in the second meeting of Namibia’s National Single Window Steering Committee on April 7 at the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SMEs (formerly the Ministry of Trade & Industry) in Windhoek. The NSW Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body for the National Single Window project and will approve budgetary strategy, define and realize benefits, and monitor overarching project risk, quality, and schedule.

CBM Workshop in BotswanaOn March 16, 17 and 19, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored a workshop in Gaborone, Botswana, to increase awareness of the benefits of Coordinated Border Management (CBM) and the need for this trade facilitation approach in Botswana.

CBM Border assessmentThe Trade Hub is currently engaged in an evaluation exercise for its Coordinated Border Management (CBM) activity. CBM was designed to encourage better cooperation and coordination among agencies working at the borders to simplify the clearance of goods and reduce the time that and the JBCs were functioning effectively.

program draftThe Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Program (CTFP) draft for the Southern Africa Development Community was prepared by the Southern Africa Trade Hub and delivered to the SADC Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) Directorate.

NSW training malawiThe Southern Africa Trade Hub provided Project Management Training for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW) project implementation team from March 9-13 at the Malawi Revenue Authority national training facility in Blantyre.

Zambia National Enquiry PointDuring the week of February 16-20, the Trade Hub conducted staff training for the National Enquiry Point (NEP) of the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and commissioned equipment procured by the Trade Hub for the NEP.

Swazi NEP TrainingIn collaboration with its implementing partner, the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), the Southern Africa Trade Hub supported a three-day workshop on WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point & Notification Authority March 23-25 in Matsapha, Swaziland.

group photo at NEP Launch and awareness seminar lilongwe malawiThe Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has set up a national enquiry point in September 2014 to help companies in the export sector have easy access to rules governing their trade in countries party to the World Trade Organization.

The Trade Hub sponsored a two-day NEP training program in Maseru, LesothoExperts from the Trade Hub delivered a two-day training program in Lesotho for National Entry Point (NEP) staff on the functions, procedures, and operations of enquiry points in November 2014. The newly established Lesotho NEP is housed under the Department of Standards and Quality Assurance (DSQA) within the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing (MTICM). 

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