Enhancing Economic Growth and Food Security through TradeThe 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 a team of regional and international experts based in Gaborone, Botswana, 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.
As a regional program the Trade Hub works to:
- Reduce time and costs of transporting goods across borders by deploying modern trade facilitation tools such as coordinated border management, customs connectivity and national single windows along key transport corridors which include the Coast to Coast, the Beira and Dar es Salaam corridors.
- Strengthen the competitiveness of the grain, soy and groundnut value chains by reducing post-harvest losses, introducing better seeds and technologies, strengthening regional agricultural institutions and supporting trade and investment links.
- Increase trade and investment in Southern Africa’s textile and apparel sector.
- Increase the capacity for regulating and enhancing the clean energy sector to increase investments.
- Improve the regional trade, investment and integration enabling environment through legal and regulatory reform.
September 20, 2010 – September 30, 2014
Chief of Party:
USAID Project Officer:
Rick J. Gurley