• Promoting Finance and Investment
    Promoting Finance and Investment
  • Trade Promotion and AGOA
    Trade Promotion and AGOA
  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains
  • Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
    Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
  • Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
    Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
  • Advancing Food Safety and Hygiene
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African Economic Outlook

African Economic OutlookThe African Economic Outlook 2017 is a publication by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center and the United Nations Development Programme.
This report examines Africa’s macroeconomic performance, financing, trade policies and regional integration, human development, and governance. It explains how improving entrepreneurship contributes to Africa’s industrialization and offers policies to do so.

 

Microlinks Webinar Presentation

presentation_cover.JPGMicrolinks Webinar Presentation is a presentation prepared by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) for a webinar organized by USAID knowledge management platforms Microlinks and Agrilinks. It highlights the food crisis in East and southern Africa, but also stresses that the region has the ability to feed itself if food were allowed to move freely from surplus to deficit regions. It also provides information on The Hub and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC)  trade facilitation forums that have been successful in promoting food security. In 2017, the USAID Hub and EAGC facilitated contracts for 1.2 million MT of staple grains for cross-border trade, supporting the food security of an estimated 14.4 million people.

 

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan The Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of SADC is a comprehensive 15–year strategic roadmap, which provides the strategic direction for achieving SADC’s long term social and economic goals. It also provides the SADC Secretariat and other SADC institutions with clear guidelines on SADC’s approved social and economic priorities and policies and therefore, enhancing their effectiveness in discharging their facilitating and coordinating role. It was approved by SADC Summit in 2003 and its effective implementation began in 2005.

 

International Trade Centre Online Tools

International Trade Centre Online Tools The International Trade Center (ITC) has developed five online tools – Trade MapMarket Access MapInvestment MapTrade Competitiveness Map and Standards Map – that collectively help improve transparency in international trade. The tools enable companies and trade support institutions to identify export and import opportunities and compare market-access requirements, and they help policymakers monitor national trade performance and prepare for trade negotiations.

 

 
 

African Economic Outlook

African Economic OutlookThe African Economic Outlook 2017 is a publication by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center and the United Nations Development Programme.
This report examines Africa’s macroeconomic performance, financing, trade policies and regional integration, human development, and governance. It explains how improving entrepreneurship contributes to Africa’s industrialization and offers policies to do so.

 

Microlinks Webinar Presentation

presentation_cover.JPGMicrolinks Webinar Presentation is a presentation prepared by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) for a webinar organized by USAID knowledge management platforms Microlinks and Agrilinks. It highlights the food crisis in East and southern Africa, but also stresses that the region has the ability to feed itself if food were allowed to move freely from surplus to deficit regions. It also provides information on The Hub and the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC)  trade facilitation forums that have been successful in promoting food security. In 2017, the USAID Hub and EAGC facilitated contracts for 1.2 million MT of staple grains for cross-border trade, supporting the food security of an estimated 14.4 million people.

 

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan The Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of SADC is a comprehensive 15–year strategic roadmap, which provides the strategic direction for achieving SADC’s long term social and economic goals. It also provides the SADC Secretariat and other SADC institutions with clear guidelines on SADC’s approved social and economic priorities and policies and therefore, enhancing their effectiveness in discharging their facilitating and coordinating role. It was approved by SADC Summit in 2003 and its effective implementation began in 2005.

 

International Trade Centre Online Tools

International Trade Centre Online Tools The International Trade Center (ITC) has developed five online tools – Trade MapMarket Access MapInvestment MapTrade Competitiveness Map and Standards Map – that collectively help improve transparency in international trade. The tools enable companies and trade support institutions to identify export and import opportunities and compare market-access requirements, and they help policymakers monitor national trade performance and prepare for trade negotiations.

 

 
 

magicRoughly half of all American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) members source from Africa, and following last summer’s ten-year renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), that number is likely to increase. However, as discussed during the AAFA-sponsored “Sourcing at Magic” seminar on February 17, 2016, entitled “Africa on the Verge,” duty-free access is temporary and the continent needs to put the infrastructure in place so that in ten years, the continent’s textile and apparel industry will be competitive without the trade advantage.

Africa AdvantageWith just over two weeks to go before MAGIC Las Vegas (the world’s largest textile, apparel, and footwear trade show) on February 16-18, 2016, USAID’s three Trade Hubs are working closely with USAID’s Management Support and Technical Assistance Services Project (MSTAS) on final preparations for the combined African exhibition space.

Lis Meyers On February 3, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented on gender issues in cross-border trade to several USAID bureaus and departments, including the USAID Bureau for Africa, USAID Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, Bureau for Food Security, the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, the Department of Commerce, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Trade Hub Gender Specialist Lis Meyers provided examples of the challenges faced by women conducting cross-border trade in Southern AfricaBanyan Global, part of the implementation team for USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, delivered a presentation during the USAID Infrastructure Projects panel at the 2015 USAID Infrastructure Workshop held in Washington DC from December 14-18, 2015. 

Trade Hub WebsiteThe newly redesigned Southern Africa Trade Hub website now includes a special section displaying all USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub project press releases issued by the US government. 

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SEEP ConferenceFrom September 28-30, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and partner organization Banyan Global participated in the 30th SEEP Network Annual Conference entitled, “Inclusion and Resilience: The Next Challenge” in Arlington, Virginia.

sadc and eu flagsOn September 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in the SADC Regional Economic Integration Support Programme (REIS) and SADC Trade Related Facility (TRF) Steering Committee meetings in Gaborone, Botswana. The role of the steering committees is to evaluate and recommend applications from Member States for support under the two programs. 

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