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October 2015

Final Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Programme Delivered to SADC

Comprehensive TF Program Delivered to SADCOn September 10, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub submitted the final version of the Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Programme (CTFP) document to SADC officials. This version of the CTFP incorporates changes that were made as a result of the inputs received from Member State representatives at the CTFP Workshop held in Johannesburg from September 1-3, 2015. The submission is a major milestone for the Trade Hub after nearly eight months of designing and developing the CTFP to meet SADC Member State requirements.

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Final REFIT Workshop Helps Bring Renewable Energy Investment to Zambia

Final REFIT Workshop in ZambiaUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and the Zambian Energy Regulation Board (ERB) joined private sector companies and civil society organizations on September 22, 2015 in Lusaka to mark the final stages in the development of Zambia’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) mechanism.

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First Ever Electronic Warehouse Receipt Issued in Zambia

First Ever Warehouse Receipt Issued in ZambiaOn September 16, 2015, the first ever electronic warehouse receipt was issued to a farmer in exchange for 50 tons of maize at Grain Silo Services (GSS) in Lusaka.

The Zambian Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) requested Trade Hub support for the development of a Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) after witnessing the success of the Trade Hub-supported Warehouse Receipt Systems in Malawi and Mozambique in providing farmers with access to cheaper finance, higher prices, and safe storage for their crops.

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Trade Hub Supports SADC Quality Awards Initiative

Workshop participants from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe represented national standard bodies, government departments, past award winners, and the judgesFollowing a request from the SADC Secretariat, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported the SADC Annual Quality Awards Training Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 23-24, 2015. The objective of the two-day workshop was to review five years of implementation, share experiences, and improve the selection process.

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Trade Hub Supports Efforts to Expand KZN Exports to US

KZN Textiles & Apparel PromotionDuring the week of September 7-11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub accompanied a delegation from the US Consulate in Durban on a visit to Newcastle and Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The delegation, headed by Consul General Frances Chisholm, met with textile and apparel companies, business leaders, and government officials to promote bilateral trade and investment.

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Through a grant from USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, Intertek Laboratories commissioned a new aflatoxin testing machine at its Beira agricultural laboratory that is expected to reduce the testing cost from US$120 per test (in South Africa) to about US$16 per test in Beira.
As a result of a Trade Hub grant concluded in December 2013, Zambian groundnut producer Jungle Beat has made additional investments of more than US$200,000 to procure equipment out of South Africa and further grow its business in the country. Jungle Beat has also secured export orders for 400 metric tons with companies in South Africa valued at approximately US$300,000.
On September 2, 2015, the Trade Hub presented the Swaziland Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer (RE&IPP) Policy to Senators and MPs in Swaziland. The presentation was the final stage of an extensive consultation process undertaken by the Trade Hub to develop the policy ahead of its final approval and adoption by cabinet.

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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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