USAID’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.
USAID’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.
Despite abundant renewable energy resources in Southern Africa such as solar, small hydro, biomass, wind geothemal and biofuels, clean energy sources contribute less than 1% to the total energy mix. Inadequate, non-transparent and unpredictable energy poli-cies and regulatory frameworks in Southern Africa have constrained private sector investment in the clean energy sector. The development and increased deployment of clean energy technologies has the potential to contribute significantly to the region’s security of energy supply, eco-nomic growth, climate change mitigation, poverty reduction, and food security.
Following a half-day workshop to sensitize the business community in Tete Province on November 16, 2015, the Trade Hub held a similar event in Nacala City, Nampula Province on November 19, 2015, in conjunction with the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ).
This year’s Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS) Annual Forum was co-sponsored by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, taking place at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on July 14-15, 2015. TIPS, a South African think tank, contributes to policy development through research and dialogue, and the TIPS Annual Forum brought together key researchers side-by-side with government policy-makers to foster broad dialogue. More than 150 delegates were in attendance, including academics and members of the research community; private sector actors from agriculture and industry; government representatives; and delegates from international organizations and donors.
The Trade Hub conducted two five-day certified lead auditor trainings for Mozambique’s national standards body, Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidadeil (INNOQ), in order to support INNOQ and build the capacity of its staff. The trainings took place from April 13-17 and April 20-24, with 21 participants (of which six were women) attending the courses in total.