USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and the Zambian Energy Regulation Board (ERB) joined private sector companies and civil society organizations on September 22, 2015 in Lusaka to mark the final stages in the development of Zambia’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) mechanism.
During the week of September 14-18, 2015, USAID’s Southern Trade Hub visited with Strategic Partnership Grantees throughout Mozambique to coordinate grant program implementation.
During the week of September 21, 2015, a delegation from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub traveled to Zambia where it met with energy and environment counterparts from USAID/Zambia and held consultations with the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in the run-up to a workshop that was held on September 22 to discuss the final stages of the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) regulations and pricing development.
From 2014 to June 2015, the Trade Hub supported Strategic Partnership Grantee Ybema Grain Services to expand its grain handling services throughout the Southern Africa region as the company provided multiple training sessions to various agricultural organizations.
COMACO (Community Markets for Conservation) in Chipata, Zambia has increased output of its peanut butter product by threefold since the addition of new threshing, drying, and bottling equipment procured through a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub.
On September 29, 2015, Umlimi Lokhonile Seeds (which means “the farmer is able”) from Swaziland launched MRI514, a hybrid maize seed from Syngenta MRI in Zambia, making Swaziland the first country to demonstrate practical implementation of the SADC harmonized seed system.
Through a grant from USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, Intertek Laboratories commissioned a new high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) (high performance liquid chromatography) aflatoxin testing machine at its Beira agricultural laboratory on September 22, 2015. It is believed that it will reduce the testing cost from US$120 per test (in South Africa) to about US$16 per test in Beira.
On September 16, 2015, the first ever electronic warehouse receipt was issued to a farmer in exchange for 50 tons of maize at Grain Silo Services (GSS) in Lusaka. This momentous occasion was facilitated on site by a technical support team from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub after months of planning and preparation.
After launching National Enquiry Points in five SADC countries, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub helped to launch a sixth in Botswana on September 28, 2015. Under the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, each member nation must develop an effective National Enquiry Point (NEP) in order to increase trade.
Following a request from the SADC Secretariat, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the SADC Annual Quality Awards Training Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 23-24, 2015. The objective of the two-day workshop was to review five years of implementation, share experiences, and improve the selection process.
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