• Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

Guide for the Referencing of Standards USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, working with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), has successfully developed and published the “Guide for the Referencing of Standards in Technical Regulations in Zambia.”

The booklet will help regulators and the public understand the benefits of using standards to support public policy initiatives. Countries require technical regulations to protect citizens from health, safety, and environmental risks, which can be referenced in the country’s legislation or supported through public policy decisions. The booklet will also help create awareness and stimulate dialogue between ZABS, regulators, and other stakeholders, resulting in improved participation and information exchange.

Standards by their nature are voluntary, only enforceable once referenced in technical regulations. For small and emerging economies, referencing of standards helps enforceability. Therefore, governments need to be encouraged to use standards to achieve their aims. Standards can support regulation particularly in areas such as food, sanitary/phytosanitary measures, and importation of goods. The support from the Trade Hub will aid Zambia’s efforts to align its National Quality Policy (NQP) with international standards.

Photo: ZABS will distribute the booklet to regulators, private sector, academia, and business associations