The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

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On August 24, 2020, more than 150 people joined the second in a three-part webinar series, supported by the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, exploring exports to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The August 24 virtual event focused on the textiles and apparel sector. The event was hosted by trade promotion service provider Messe Frankfurt, organizers of a November 2020 fashion sourcing event. The USAID TradeHub aims to enhance the sustainable utilization of AGOA by firms in the southern Africa region. Providing information and sharing experiences of export success are important factors in advancing this objective. The diverse panel of experts consisted of a USAID TradeHub-appointed U.S. customs law expert, a USAID TradeHub apparel linkages consultant, a sector manager at Trade and Investment Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the chairman of the Lesotho Textile Exporters Association. Topics included an overview of the legal framework underpinning AGOA, practical insights into U.S. market trends, and the perspectives of a manufacturer in Lesotho with experience exporting to the United States.

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