USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been assisting the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) in Zambia with the establishment of an online management information system. The new system, called “Seed-Lab,” improves the services available at SCCI and will automate the entire seed inspection and verification process in the country.
On February 16, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) to host a one-day workshop on Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWIs) subject to Legal Metrology control in Windhoek, Namibia.
On February 17, 2016, USAID/Zambia handed over to Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board a package of final documentation for the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) developed by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub. The REFIT mechanism includes REFIT Guidelines and Rules, a standardized Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Generation License, Grid Connection Agreement Guidelines, and a Grid Connection Agreement.
One of the Trade Hub's most effective initiatives has been the Strategic Partnership Grants program, which used small grants to catalyze business partnerships between South African agribusinesses and agribusinesses in the Feed-the-Future focus countries of Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique.
Roughly 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.
Zambia is endowed with a wide range of energy resources, particularly solar, biomass, hydro and other renewable sources that are still largely untapped. Renewable energy development has the potential to help meet growing demand for electricity. However, public and investor support and understanding of the renewable energy potential of the country would benefit from more publicity on the importance of renewable energy.
On Friday, February 19, 2016, the United States Agency for International Development's Southern Africa Mission along with the Regional Economic Growth Office (REGO) and the Southern Africa Trade Hub celebrated five plus years of project implementation and success with a handover ceremony in Pretoria at the USAID Regional Mission.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) to host a one-day workshop on the Trade Metrology Act focusing on Road Safety and the Traffic Industry, on February 15, 2016 in Windhoek.
With input from the communications teams from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a company directory and pull-up banners featuring the Africa Advantage branding were designed and produced for MAGIC Las Vegas which took place from February 15-18, 2016.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and its local partner organization, the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), delivered a Persuasive Communications and Assertiveness Workshop for Women in Business in Windhoek, Namibia, from February 16-18, 2016.