The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry, last week held virtual consultations with key stakeholders of the country’s African Growth and Opportunity Act utilization strategy. The meetings are part of a required biennial review of the strategy to ensure its effectiveness. The consultations so far have included reviews of the textile and clothing, leather and leather products, natural products, and horticulture sectors. In addition to assisting in the organization of the meetings, the USAID TradeHub was instrumental in defining key milestones within each sector as part of the strategy development process. Botswana’s African Growth and Opportunity Act utilization strategy was published in 2017, following a USAID TradeHub-facilitated consultation and drafting process. During the current biennial review, sector actors highlighted the need to strengthen local producers’ capacity to export regionally and internationally. Participants also called for the establishment of accredited testing laboratories in Botswana. These laboratories, participants said, would reduce Botswana’s dependence on neighboring countries for product testing while reducing export costs for the country’s producers. The support from the USAID TradeHub is in line with its objective to increase trade from the region to the United States, under AGOA.