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


Women entrepreneurs discussed issues uniquely faced by women in business in Botswana and gained skills to help their enterprises growUSAID’s Southern African Trade Hub held a Persuasive Communication and Negotiation training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Gaborone, Botswana from August 13-14, 2015. 

Seminar participants from Pemba, a port city located in Mozambique’s northernmost province bordering TanzaniaOn August 11, 2015, the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), supported by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, held an outreach and informational seminar in Pemba regarding the development and relaunch of Mozambique’s National Enquiry Point (NEP). 

Members of Lesotho’s National Trade Facilitation Committee gather after the trainingUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted training during the week of August 10, 2015 for the Lesotho National Trade Facilitation Committee. The Lesotho Ministry of Trade and Industry requested that the Trade Hub provide the training, which covered the details of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex Dickie addresses the NEP Launch in Maputo

With the launch of the country’s expanded National Enquiry Point (NEP) on August 13, 2015, Mozambican exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive information necessary for doing business with other World Trade Organization member countries and neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The new and improved NEP will benefit trade by identifying standards, technical regulations, and conformity procedures to improve regional and global market access.

Legal Counsel for the Malawi Revenue Authority Chris Likomwa discusses terminology in the Customs Law with Kahaki Jere of the Ministry of JusticeUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi from August 3-6, 2015 for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW) Legal Technical Working Group. The participants represented seven different government agencies including the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Malawi Revenue Authority, and the Ministry of Finance.

SADC OESD meetingThe SA Trade Hub participated in the 6th SADC Investment Focus Group (IFG) organized with support from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

SEEP LogoThe SA Trade Hub met with implementing partner, Banyan Global, in Washington, DC, to brainstorm and discuss a number of key ways to continue to promote gender integration across the various aspects of the program. 

Trade Hub logoUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub has engaged an expert to assist six countries in the region establish or reinstate and improve their National Consultative Committees (NCC) to help improve the effectiveness of the operations of the countries’ WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and Notification Authorities.

The Trade Information Portal will be launched on July 22 in WindhoekThe official launch of the Namibia Trade Information Portal has been confirmed for July 22, 2015. The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Finance with the Honorable Minister Calle Schlettwein giving the keynote speech in the presence of USAID’s leadership.

Commercial Specialist at the US Embassy in Swaziland Dorothy Mlambo cuts the ribbon, officially opening the NEPUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), launched the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Matsapha, Swaziland, on June 23, 2015.

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