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June 2015
   

Gender Mainstreamed in Implementation of Trade Hub Grants

Gender Mainstreamed in Implementation of Trade Hub GrantsAs part of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to restore soil composition and fertility and livelihood enhancement through crop rotation in Manica Province, Mozambique, the Trade Hub hosted a four-day Gender Training Workshop for farmers engaged in grant implementation.

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Change Management Training Prepares Countries for National Single Window

Change Management Training Prepares Countries for National Single WindowUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted Change Management training for senior managers from government and parastatal organizations from April 28-30, 2015, in Swakopmund, Namibia. The training provided future members of the Single Window Technical Committee with a common understanding of effective change management strategy and how it will help to ensure smooth implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) program in Namibia.

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Trade Hub Presents on Transit Solutions to Reduce the Cost of Trade at WCO IT Conference and Exhibition

Trade Hub Director of Trade Facilitation Brian Glancy addresses the WCO ConferenceUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented at the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Information Technology Conference and Exhibition May 6-8, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas on the topic “Efficient Transit Solutions for Reducing Costs of Trading.”

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SADCSTAN Website Supported by the Southern Africa Trade Hub Goes Live

SADCSTAN Website Launch PageThe new Southern Africa Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) website at www.sadcstan.org has gone live in a “soft launch” with the support of the Trade Hub. The former website (http://www.sadcstan.co.za/) will be kept live until the new website becomes familiar to SADCSTAN stakeholders. SADCSTAN will institute its own initiatives to publicize the new website and attract increased traffic.

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Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority Board Makes Study Visit to Namibia to Observe Clean Energy Installations

Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority Board Makes Study Visit to Namibia to Observe Clean Energy InstallationsUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a best practices exchange trip for the board of Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to observe rural electrification project installations in Namibia from May 17-23, 2015.
 
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From May 17-29, the Trade Hub visited four Strategic Partnership Grant (SPG) activity sites in Malawi and Zambia to perform due diligence on grant implementation and benchmark successes to date. The grants are leveraging the skills, knowledge, and technology of South African companies to address agricultural issues in Feed the Future countries related to laboratory testing, groundnut processing, crop diversification and increased soil fertility, and decreasing malnutrition.
During May, the Trade Hub conducted investor roadmap audits in Lesotho and Swaziland to review progress on the implementation of the recommendations for regulatory, legislative, and procedural reforms to help improve a country’s investment climate.
The Trade Hub, in conjunction with its bilateral USAID partner project INVC (Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains), hosted a pair of two-day training workshops in Malawi for over 100 participants drawn from processors, traders, farmers unions, and farmer leaders on aflatoxin management and removal in groundnuts for trade and processing.
 

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The goal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Southern Africa Trade Hub is to increase international competitiveness, intra-regional trade, and food security in Southern Africa. With offices in Gaborone, Botswana; Centurion (Pretoria), South Africa; and embedded advisors in offices in Malawi and Namibia, the Trade Hub works primarily in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. The Trade Hub provides targeted technical assistance to governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations to advance regional trade within Southern Africa while incorporating gender integration, environment compliance, and strategic outreach in all activities.

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