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March 2015

Making MAGIC for Southern African Companies in the US

Magic Show in the U.S.The Trade Hub supported seven apparel companies from Botswana and Lesotho to participate in MAGIC, the largest fashion trade show in the world, in Las Vegas from February 17-19. The companies met major buyers, large retailers, and importers for the US market such as Target, Ralph Lauren, the Perry Ellis Group, Teamwork, Happy Chef, and Sanmar.

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Maize Seed for Swaziland

approved and released maize varietyFollowing the successful development and launch of the online seed catalogue and sharing platform for the SADC Seed Centre, the Trade Hub is now facilitating the promotion of approved seed varieties throughout the region.

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Success of Coordinated Border Management Assessed in Malawi

CBM Border assessmentThe Trade Hub is currently engaged in an evaluation exercise for its Coordinated Border Management (CBM) activity. CBM was designed to encourage better cooperation and coordination among agencies working at the borders to simplify the clearance of goods and reduce the time that and the JBCs were functioning effectively.

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Creating a Training Program for Regional Energy Regulators

RERA Training ProgramUSAID and the Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Regional Electricity Regulators Association (RERA) in Harare, Zimbabwe to analyze the results of the RERA Training Needs Assessment Report, developed by the Trade Hub, and determine the required next steps for developing a training program for RERA.

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Capacity Building for Botswana Businesswomen

Women in Business AssociationOn February 12, 2015, the Southern Africa Trade Hub met with the Women in Business Association (WIBA) to discuss WIBA’s capacity building needs and opportunities for the Trade Hub to provide support.

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The Trade Hub presented a draft SADC Regional SPS Strategy to SADC at the Seventh SADC SPS Coordinating Meeting in Pretoria February 4 and 5.
The Trade Hub has engaged with stakeholders and industry to initiate a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) survey in Zambia to support the Lusaka Stock Exchange and Zambia Agricultural Commodities Exchange (ZAMACE).
A web development company has commenced the Trade Hub-supported revamp of the website of the SADC Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN).
Using ICT, the Trade Hub is supporting the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) Zambia to manage its processes for registration of seed growers, field inspections, and laboratory tests.
The draft Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) Policy for Zambia created by the Hub has been reviewed and agreed upon by the Department of Energy under Zambia’s Ministry of Mines, Energy, and Water Development.

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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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