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May 2015

The Trade Hub Hosts AGOA Reception at Botswana Embassy in Washington DC

AGOA ReceptionLeading apparel manufacturers and retail buyers, government officials, business associations, and diplomats gathered at the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana on April 29 for a reception on the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the upcoming pan-African apparel trade show, Source Africa.

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Trade Hub Sponsors Successful Farmer Training Program at Agritech Expo in Zambia

Agritech Expo Farmer Training

From April 17-19, the Agritech Expo in Chisamba promoted technology and skills transfer to the regional farming community of Southern Africa. Over 10,000 small, emergent, and commercial farmers as well as members of the public attended the Zambian Expo—a 20% increase over last year’s numbers—to investigate new products, technologies, processing methods, and applications in the agriculture sector. Zambia’s Vice President Inonge Mutukwa Wina officially opened the 2015 event, calling the Agritech Expo a magnificent innovation exposing farmers to practical solutions.

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Gender Integration in Value Chain to Increase Quality of Soy and Groundnuts

Gender Integration in Mozambique

Through the grant with Solidaridad, the Trade Hub is teaching good agronomic practices while training extension workers on achieving gender integration within the supply chain to improve crop quality. As part of the training, participants created individual gender action plans, which included clear gender-related objectives, activities, time frame, and indicators. Once trained, the ten extension workers will train 100 farmer leaders in the region. The farmer leaders will in turn be responsible for training 5,000 households.

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Trade Hub Supports Development of Clean Energy in Zambia

REA Training

From April 14-22, USAID's Trade Hub trained technical staff of Zambia's Rural Electrification Authority (REA) on Project Management. The following week, the Hub trained REA Board Members in renewable energy technologies, rural electrification best practices, procurement methods, private sector participation, rural project ownership models, and tariff structures. Several rural electrification case studies in various African locations were used to guide discussions.

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National Enquiry Point Re-Launches in Zambia

NEP Re-launches in ZambiaSupport from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub to the Zambian Bureau of Standards culminated in the formal re-opening of Zambia’s National Enquiry Point (NEP) in Lusaka on April 8.

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The Trade Hub conducted two five-day certified lead auditor trainings for Mozambique’s national standards body, Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidadeil (INNOQ).
From April 19-25, the Trade Hub led a benchmarking mission for standards officers from Botswana and Swaziland to the Kenya Bureau of Standards to expose the officers to the  effective operations of a World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade National Enquiry Point (NEP) as they work to institute NEPs in their own countries.
The Trade Hub’s monitoring visit to farmer groups being trained by Strategic Partnership grantee Solidaridad in Manica Province, Mozambique, demonstrated that the grant is meeting its objectives.
In Malawi, the Trade Hub supported a Regional Mobile Grain Training Unit Training Course designed to equip newly hired warehouse managers with the technical knowledge and practical techniques needed to run effective warehouses and combat post-harvest losses.

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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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