Lusaka — With support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honorable Christopher Yaluma,  officially launched a strategy to ensure Zambian businesses are better positioned to take advantage of the United States’ African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). 
With the potential to increase trade between Zambia and the United States, AGOA offers duty-free access to the U.S. market from Africa for over 6,500 products and was designed to boost trade and economic growth across the continent. 
 
Women comprise an estimated 70 percent of informal cross border traders in the Southern Africa region. Therefore, reducing constraints and challenges facing women in informal cross border trade in the region, especially at border posts, will make contributions not only to facilitating trade but also to promoting gender equality and reducing the marginalization of women. 
 
Video credit: USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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