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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

April 2007

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Hub Highlights

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks expressions of interest from individuals or firms to provide Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) training, advice, technical services, advocacy and trade assistance to private sector representatives and public sector officials in the Southern Africa region. The service provider will work closely with the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service’s SPS program team, APHIS attachй, APHIS coordinator, USAID, and other stakeholders. The service provider will also develop and implement plant health, animal health, and food safety programs and activities in order to increase global competitiveness and the expansion of agricultural trade from Southern Africa. More information concerning this announcement can be obtained at

  • The offices of USAID/Southern Africa in Gaborone, Botswana, will close by September 30, 2007. However, there will continue to be a small USAID Gaborone Field Office that will facilitate cooperation with SADC and oversee the USAID Trade Hub and the Integrated River Basin Management Program. The operations and mandate of the USAID Trade Hub will remain unchanged until September 2008.

  • During April the USAID Trade Hub will announce its delegation of specialty food companies to attend the Fancy Food Show that will be held in July in New York City. These companies will be part of an African Pavilion, featuring producers of specialty food products from Africa. The USAID Trade Hub will provide technical assistance for companies attending the show. For further information contact Amanda Hilligas, AGOA Advisor, at .

  • The USAID Trade Hub recently conducted two agriculture related regional studies: the Market Gap Study and a SPS Survey. The reports from these activities are currently being finalized and will be available in April.

  • The USAID Trade Hub held a Private Sector Advocacy Workshop in Blantyre, Malawi, from March 20 to 21 where nearly 90 representatives from Malawian private sector organizations, government, parliament and NGOs were present to discuss the constraints to Malawi’s competitiveness and the advocacy role of private sector organizations. A follow-up meeting in Lilongwe with Malawian parliamentarians was held on March 22.

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