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August 2015

Trade Information Portal Launch in Namibia

US Ambassador Thomas Daughton delivers address at the Namibia Trade Information Portal Launch. USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with Namibia’s Ministry of Finance and Namibia’s Customs and Excise, launched a powerful new tool on July 22, 2015 to increase and facilitate cross-border trade. Namibia’s Trade Information Portal is a web-based platform that provides an authoritative “one-stop shop” of readily accessible trade, customs, and compliance information.

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Trade and Industry Policy Strategies Annual Forum 2015 Held in Johannesburg

Ed Winant, Economic Officer, Economic Section of the US Embassy, Pretoria, Moderates, ”A Regional Approach to Energy.”

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.

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First Term Sheet for Agricultural Storage Investment Facility Released in Malawi

First Term Sheet Malawi ASIF

Since 2013, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been promoting a strategy to support investments into regional agricultural warehousing through an Agricultural Storage Investment Facility (ASIF) with initial focus in Malawi and subsequently Zambia. ASIF is designed to provide broad-based access to storage, finance, and markets that will directly benefit smallholder farmers in these Feed-the-Future countries.

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Swaziland RE&IPP Policy Completed

RE-IPP Policy documentUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub completed development of the Swaziland Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer (RE&IPP) Policy, with an accompanying Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA). Both documents were reviewed through an open public process, culminating in a policy validation workshop in June 2015.

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Trade Hub Support for Export Promotion Yields Results

Trade Hub Support for Export Promotion Yields ResultsIn February 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored six apparel companies from Lesotho and one from Botswana to exhibit at MAGIC in Las Vegas, the largest fashion trade show in the world. In June 2014 and June 2015, the USAID/Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored Source Africa, a textiles and apparel trade event in Cape Town involving collaboration between the Trade Hub, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and LTE - a South African woman-owned event management company.

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New equipment installed through a Trade Hub Strategic Partnership Grant will enable Zambian producer, COMACO, to produce up to four times as much per week of its peanut butter product.
The Southern Africa Trade Hub, in conjunction with local partner INVC, trained over 200 farmers in aflatoxin management in the Dedza District of Malawi. The field-based training targeted farmer leaders who will now be able to serve as farmer trainers in best practices in aflatoxin mitigation and management for the roughly 10,000 smallholder farmers in Dedza.
Based on the results of agricultural laboratory assessment surveys conducted in April and May 2015 in Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique by the SAGL (Southern African Grain Laboratories) at the behest of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, four lab technicians from the region were selected to attend a specialized training course in South Africa. SAGL is one of the leading laboratory training facilities in Africa and annually hosts specialized ISO accreditation training for West and Eastern African countries.

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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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