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Trade Hub Happenings

A monthly update of upcoming activities and recent progress from the USAID Trade Hub in Gaborone, Botswana

Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub

August 2006

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Hub Highlights

  • After the launch of the USAID Trade Hub’s educational film series on trade issues at the Trade Hub’s Regional Business Environment Roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 23, and the showing of two of the films at the AGOA Ministerial Forum in Washington, DC in June, the Trade Hub has received numerous requests for showings of the five films. To date, close to 900 people have seen the films at a variety of events both in the Southern African region and internationally. To obtain more information about the Trade Issues Film Series, or to discuss a showing or development of a workshop program around the films, please contact Lisa Yarmoshuk at .

  • On July 25 the USAID Trade Hub received the new Mission Director of USAID / Southern Africa, Erna Kerst, Supervisory General Development Officer, Michael Kerst, and the new U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Philip Drouin for a briefing on the Trade Hub’s activities and a tour of the facilities.

  • As a result of continued efforts by the Trade Hub to expand regional export products, a South African-based retailer has agreed to buy sweet melons and watermelons grown in Botswana during the coming months.

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