Map of South Africa

Trade and Investment Projects in South Africa
In South Africa, the Hub is supporting economic diversification, job creation and fostering a business environment conducive to trade and investment.  The Hub implements activities in four critical areas:

Finance and Investment
Accelerating U.S. and international investment to businesses to promote strategic value chains and grow international trade links
Export Competitiveness
Helping companies to leverage AGOA to increase exports to the U.S.
Enabling Environment and Trade Facilitation
Fostering transparent, reliable, efficient and cost-effective trade policies and related infrastructure
Increasing the competitiveness of agricultural value chains for export through investment, technology transfer, and greater private sector participation

Core Activities in South Africa
Finance and Investment

  • Assessing and facilitating investment transactions for U.S. and international businesses and investors
  • Cooperating with banks and other financial institutions to grow lending to export-oriented businesses
  • Leveraging USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) to promote trade. DCA uses risk-sharing agreements to mobilize local private capital

Export Competitiveness

  • Promoting awareness and utilization of AGOA
  • Analyzing exporters in leather, accessories, seafood and olive oil, and linking them to potential buyers and international trade shows
  • Partnering with Source Africa (annual apparel, textiles and footwear trade show in Cape Town) to increase industry recognition in the region

Enabling Environment and Trade Facilitation

  • Partnering with transport and logistics associations, including the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, to share best practices in service delivery, advocacy and pro-business initiatives


  • Strengthening trade and producer associations and partnerships for financial support, market information, research and technical support, and other agricultural technology services
  • Establishing a regional information platform for trade in grains, oilseeds, wool and mohair products
  • Supporting improved standards and quality in agricultural value chains through the Strategic Partnership Fund with South African Grain Laboratories
  • Developing regional structured grain trading systems to improve market access for smallholder farmers and agriculture firms


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