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April 2015

Trade Hub Trains 45 on Aflatoxin Mitigation in Mozambique

aflatoxin training practicalUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub partnered with Strategic Partnership grantee Solidaridad to deliver a four-day training in Chimoio, Mozambique to groundnut farmers at various levels of the value chain. Solidaridad received a grant of US$65,000 in 2014 to improve soil fertility in their maize and cotton fields via crop rotation with soy and groundnut.

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REFIT Policy Validation in Zambia

REFIT workshop

On March 17, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) Policy Validation Workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, to provide a platform for key stakeholders to contribute to the finalization of the REFIT policy document and ensure that the final draft document aligns with the expectations of the business community and other participants of the energy sector.

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Standards Writing Workshops in Malawi and Lesotho

Standards Writing WorkshopsUSAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a two-day training session on “Writing of Standards for Standards Technical Committee Chairpersons and Secretaries” in Blantyre, Malawi, for 20 participants, from March 4-5, in partnership with the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

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Coordinated Border Management Workshop in Botswana

CBM Workshop in BotswanaOn March 16, 17 and 19, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored a workshop in Gaborone, Botswana, to increase awareness of the benefits of Coordinated Border Management (CBM) and the need for this trade facilitation approach in Botswana.

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Results from Magic Trade Show for Lesotho Apparel Company

Luqy ManufacturingIn Lesotho, a women-owned company, Luqy Manufacturing, has just confirmed an order to supply 50,000 pieces per month of synthetic knit shirts and shorts for a year into the US market, and it is negotiating a much bigger deal with the same client.

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USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub delivered a draft Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Program for the Southern African Development Community.
The USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub has identified Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) as having the interest and ability to underwrite credit risk for the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) in Malawi. The new initiative has the potential to increase finance for warehouse receipts traded on ACE finance to as much as US$80 million in 2015, a tenfold increase from 2014.
As part of a US$100,000 Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub funded seed trials and a seed registration process through Capstone Seeds SA Limited. Capstone Seeds has now successfully tested four maize hybrid seed in varieties and 17 soybean seed varieties in four provinces preparation to register the seeds in Mozambique and commercially multiply them for the local market. The activity supports increased investment and technology transfer and will increase the interregional trade of drought-tolerant maize seed.

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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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