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Our People: Mohamed Abou-iiana. Ph.D.

01 June 2014
mohamed-abou-iianaDr. Abou-iiana is Textiles & Apparel Senior Advisor at the Southern Africa Trade Hub. A native of Egypt, Dr. Mohamed Abou-iiana has more than 25 years of industrial experience in the textiles and apparel industry in the United States, Romania, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, West and Southern Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Textiles/Apparel from North Carolina University State University, USA, and a Masters in Textiles/Apparel from Leicester Polytechnic, UK.

Photo Essay: Zambia’s Agritech Expo Focuses on Emerging Farmers and Draws 8,000 Participants

01 May 2014
dp-agritech-expoOn April 4-5, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub supported Agritech Expo, Zambia's first outdoor agricultural event servicing the needs of the entire agricultural value chain. Over 8,000 participants—including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, agents and service providers—attended the event at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba where the latest agricultural technology and farming solutions were showcased to farmers throughout the region in partnership with the Zambia National Farmers Union.

We're Betting on Africa

01 May 2014
dpLas Vegas may seem an unlikely location to hear about Africa as the next big sourcing destination for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. But that's exactly what happened when we traveled recently to attend the MAGIC Sourcing and FN Platform shows. This twice-yearly event is a magnet for apparel and footwear sourcing executives. Many spend three days attending seminars on the latest sourcing, fashion, and marketing trends. We typically contribute educational content and this year was no different.