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July 2015
   

Premier Textile and Apparel Event Takes Place in Cape Town

source africaWith the support of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub since its inception in 2013, Source Africa has grown into an important annual pan-African textile, clothing, footwear and fashion accessory trade event. 

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Warehouse Receipts System Launched in Mozambique

Mark Wilt (sixth from left) and Bill Benjamin (far right) from USAID observe the issuing of the first ever warehouse receipt in the history of MozambiqueUSAID/Southern Africa Regional Economic Growth Office Director, Mark Wilt, and USAID’s Feed the Future Coordinator and Agriculture Team Leader, Bill Benjamin, were on hand to witness Cargill issuing the first ever warehouse receipt in the history of Mozambique through the Warehouse Receipt System developed in conjunction with the Trade Hub.

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Policy Validation Workshop Makes Important Progress toward Increasing Renewable Energy in Swaziland

Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy Winnie StewartUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is assisting the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland with the development of a Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer Policy (IPP) and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment. The policy is intended to guide and expand the role of the private sector in developing the country’s renewable energy sources and diversify the supply and nature of energy production.

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Establishing the Technical Working Group for Legal Review for the Malawi National Single Window

Anneline Kanthambi, Assistant Registrar of the High Court of Malawi, Prof. William Kosar, Trade Hub Senior Legal Advisor, Justice F.E. Kapanga, Justice of Appeal, High Court of Malawi, Chris Likomwa, MRA Legal Services Manager, Stuart Millen, Trade Hub Malawi National Single Window Advisor, Anthony Chungu, MRA Legal CounselUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub visited Malawi from June 8-12, 2015, to work with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to establish a technical working group to conduct the legal review for the Malawi National Single Window (NSW).

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SADC and US Experts Exchange Views on Good Regulatory Practices

Deputy Mission Director Littleton TazewellUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), sponsored a two-day workshop entitled Exchange on Good Regulatory Practices in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat. The workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 1-2, 2015, provided a platform for SADC and US experts on standards and technical regulations to exchange views and experiences on GRPs. 

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The 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.
The Trade Hub trained staff of the Mozambique National Institute for Standardization and Quality (INNOQ) on operations of a National Enquiry Point (NEP) and commissioned the equipment that the Trade Hub procured for the NEP.
In partnership with the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), the Trade Hub organized back-to-back training workshops on Code of Good Practice for standards writing technical committee chairpersons and secretaries, and Referencing Standards in Regulations for standards and technical regulations developers at BOBS in Gaborone, from June 8-10 and June 11-12, 2015.
In Namibia, the Trade Hub conducted the first stage of its review of the legal environment to assess the country’s legislative readiness for National Single Window.
 

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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.

The views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government

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