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September 2015

SADC SPS Strategy Handed Over in Gaborone

US Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller presents the SADC Regional SPS Strategy, translated into SADC’s three official languages, to Willie Shumba and Margaret Nyirenda of SADC

On August 4, 2015, senior staff of the SADC Secretariat, government officials from the United States Embassy Botswana, USAID, and the Southern Africa Trade Hub gathered at the SADC Secretariat for a ceremony to celebrate the handover of the recently completed Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Strategies for Food Safety, Plant and Animal Health.

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AGOA Forum in Gabon – Celebrating 15 Years of Growth

US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman addresses the AGOA Forum

“AGOA at 15: Charting a Course for a Sustainable U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment Partnership,” took place in Libreville, Gabon, from August 24-27, 2015. The forum provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent renewal of AGOA, take stock of AGOA’s successes over the last fifteen years, and launch a dialogue on the shared vision for the future of U.S.-Africa trade.

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USAID/Mozambique Opens National Enquiry Point

USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex Dickie addresses the NEP Launch in Maputo

With the launch of the country’s expanded National Enquiry Point (NEP) on August 13, 2015, Mozambican exporters and importers now have an effective “one-stop shop” where they can receive information necessary for doing business with other World Trade Organization member countries and neighbors in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The new and improved NEP will benefit trade by identifying standards, technical regulations, and conformity procedures to improve regional and global market access.

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Hub Concludes Assistance to Zambia Rural Energy Authority

Over the past two years, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with USAID Zambia, implemented a two-phase capacity building program for the Rural Energy Authority (REA) Board consisting of a technical workshop and a field visit to Namibia to observe rural electrification practices, and trained the technical staff of REA in project management and proposal evaluation.  The exchange to Namibia allowed REA to learn low-cost rural electrification methods not currently employed in Zambia. This visit strengthened ties between the REA and the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy.

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Persuasive Communication Training for Women Entrepreneurs in Botswana and Zambia

Pursuasive Communications Training for Women Entrepreneurs in ZambiaUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub developed a two-day Persuasive Communication and Negotiation Training for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Southern Africa in collaboration with renowned persuasive communications expert Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum, whose clients include Microsoft, Google, and high profile American politicians.

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The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) awarded its second prize for the entire region to a drought-tolerant maize seed variety, CAP9001, developed and distributed through a USAID Southern Africa Strategic Partnership Grant with Capstone Seeds of South Africa.
From August 17-21, 2015 the Trade Hub conducted a five-day comprehensive training on the REFIT financial model for the Zambia Energy Regulation Board (ERB). ERB staff learned how to operate the model, as well as revise and update data and tariffs.
New equipment installed at Lumuno Organic Farms, (a Zambian company that produces condiment sauces) through a Trade Hub grant is expected to boost production capacity from 9,000 to 15,000 bottles of chili sauce per month, guaranteeing an end market to 300 smallholder farmers to supply chili pods, onions, and garlic.

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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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