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Trade Hub Happenings

Southern African Global Competitiveness Hub

November 2005

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Hub Highlights

  • On October 4 the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, Katherine Canavan, paid a formal visit to the Trade Hub for a briefing on the Trade Hub’s activities and to meet the team.

  • From October 25 to 26, representatives from USAID/RCSA and the Trade Hub attended the first Regional AGOA Sectoral Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop is the first of three regional workshops to be held in Africa, and was attended by regional government officials, U.S. Government officials including the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and private sector representatives. The workshop focused on the leather and handicraft sub-sectors.

  • The Trade Hub’s webpage has been updated with links to the other two (soon to be three) trade hubs and to the African Global Competitiveness Initiative. View the new homepage on

  • On October 31, John Keyser, Director Trade Competitiveness, and Amanda Hilligas, AGOA Advisor, addressed the U.S. – Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Investment Mission organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Johannesburg on the Trade Hub’s work in regional trade promotion and benefits of AGOA for African exporters.

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