The Trade Hub’s Enabling Environment component supports a business climate that facilitates local and foreign investment in the Southern Africa region. The component also ensures gender integration and environmental compliance in all Trade Hub activities.
Strengthening Institutional Capacity of Standards Development Organizations: The Trade Hub provides capacity building and technical assistance on standards for Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia to help establish an effective World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) National Enquiry Point and Notification Authority for each country. The Hub also works to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for standards, improve the standards development process, and enhance outreach and communication efforts to ensure the private sector is more involved in standardization activities. In partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Trade Hub also assists SADC Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) to further develop the quality infrastructure in the SADC region.
Improving Investment Climate in the SADC Region: The Trade Hub developed Investor Roadmaps for Lesotho and Swaziland detailing the administrative, procedural and regulatory barriers hindering investment into the countries. An Investor Roadmap is a tool designed by the World Bank and USAID to help policy makers and government institutions identify and address administrative barriers to investment. The Trade Hub has annually reviewed progress on implementation of the Investor Roadmaps in Lesotho and Swaziland and provided technical assistance for further improvement. In addition to the above, the Trade Hub is providing support to develop Investor Roadmaps for ten SADC Member States following a request from the SADC Secretariat.
Embedding and Entrenching Gender Integration and Environmental Compliance in Trade Hub Activities: The Enabling Environment component reports on gender initiatives to ensure that gender is adequately integrated in all activities by technical teams and regional implementing partners. The component also reviews the environmental impact of all project activities to ensure that the activities comply with local and USAID Environmental regulations.
- Improve Trade and Investment Climate
- Ensure Gender Integration
- Monitor Project Activities Compliance with USAID Environmental Regulations