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January/February 2016

ZAMACE Launch Commissioned by Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture

zamaceOn December 15, 2015, the Hon. Given Lubinda, Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture, commissioned the launch of services by the Zambian Agricultural Commodities Exchange (ZAMACE). 

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REFIT Procurement Workshop to Increase Renewable Energy in Zambia

Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFIT) workshopUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub continues to assist the Zambia Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to develop and launch Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFIT) to increase the usage of clean energy in the country. 

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Trade Hub Supports Inaugural Annual Quality Awards in Zambia

Hon. Raymond Mpundu, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry (second from right) with award winnersOn December 17, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS); Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry; and the UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Framework to support the inaugural Zambia Annual Quality Awards held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. 

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Trade Hub Organizes High Level Meeting in Botswana for National Single Window

Botswana for National Single Window On January 27, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized and hosted a meeting of Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) senior managers and directors from other government agencies who are to be involved in implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) and members of the NSW Project Management Unit (PMU). 

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More MAGIC for African Apparel in the US

trade africaUSAID is again going to support a number of companies from Southern Africa to attend MAGIC Las Vegas, the world’s largest and most important textile, apparel, and footwear trade show, from February 16-18, 2016. This year’s effort at MAGIC is organized by USAID’s Management Support and Technical Assistance Services (MSTAS) Project, with regional coordination and introductions provided by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub.

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As a result of Trade Hub efforts, in December 2015 the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) decided to provide a capacity-building program in support of the Agricultural Storage Investment Facilities (ASIF) warehouse investments. FAO’s program will enable value chain players to understand, access, and use the new warehousing capacity in Malawi to their advantage.
ASIF came a significant step closer to fruition during the week of December 7, 2015, with the final project appraisal in Malawi by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a warehouse investment credit line to agribusiness through a prominent Malawian bank
On January 11 and 13, 2016, Trade Hub Strategic Partnership Grant partner Cargill launched the Market Information System (MIS) with training workshops on accessing the IT platform;  the methods of information collection through the web; registration for users in order to receive mobile messaging; help desk access; and field data coordination with participating partners. The MIS complements the Warehouse Receipts System by providing transparent market prices and comprehensive information to support Mozambique’s agricultural sector.

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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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