In Southern Africa, trade costs as high as double the global average significantly constrain trade-based growth, limit product diversification and increase the price of goods, including food. To reduce the time and costs of importing and exporting, the Trade  and Investment Hub is promoting several modern trade facilitation tools and assisting in their adoption. Read More

NSWOn 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. 

Progress toward establishing a National Single Window moved forward after an inter-ministerial workshop in Namibia held Feb. 27, 2017. Attended by senior public and private sector stakeholders, the event was a critical step in moving Namibia closer to implementing its National Single Window for Trade. The primary objective was to determine how to structure the operating authority for NSW in Namibia, with participants deliberating over fully Government funded options and the many possibilities offered through a Public Private Partnership. 

USAID's Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub has launched a Strategic Partnership Fund to provide matching funding to organizations and firms. 

NSI’s Chief Executive Officer, Chie Wasserfall, opens the workshopUSAID’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.

Trade Hub experts Rae Blumberg and Joyce Malaba USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is undertaking cross-border gender assessments in SADC countries this month composed of field research at three important border crossing areas: the Mwanza border in Malawi, the Nakonde border in Zambia, and the Kazungula border in Botswana. 

The Trade Hub assists course participants From February 1-5, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained government and private sector stakeholders in Malawi on business process reengineering to prepare them for National Single Window (NSW) implementation.

Revised Customs Act Commences in NamibiaDuring the last week of January 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub began the second reading of the revised Customs Act in Windhoek, Namibia, which was drafted by the Trade Hub at the end of 2015.

Botswana for National Single Window On January 27, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized and hosted a meeting of Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) senior managers and directors from other government agencies who are to be involved in implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) and members of the NSW Project Management Unit (PMU). 

Paul Colpitts (right) meeting with BURS During the week of January 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub started work to complete two priority areas of technical assistance to the Botswana United Revenue Service (BURS).

The Trade Hub’s trade facilitation team members confer with USAID’s Paul Pleva and Evans Chinembiri in Pretoria The trade facilitation component of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met in Pretoria for a workshop during the week of January 4-8, 2016 to discuss project closure activities and take stock of achievements realized under the project extension period. 

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