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

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub has transferred computer equipment to Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade, and Industry to support its management of the Zambia Trade Information Portal. Speaking during the May 29, 2020 handover ceremony, which was part of the portal’s live launch, Charge d’ Affairs David J. Young of the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka stressed the U.S. Government’s commitment to the sustainability of the portal. The equipment was received by Minister of Commerce, Trade, and Industry Christopher Yaluma, who thanked the U.S. Government for its support and affirmed that the equipment would ensure the sustainability of the USAID-supported portal. The equipment will allow Zambian staff of the portal, who received on-job training from the USAID TradeHub, to maintain current information on trade-related policies and procedures as well as forms required to process inbound and outbound shipments. Representing the private-sector trading community, Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) President Chabuka Kawesha thanked the Zambian and U.S. governments, adding that the portal, by providing quick access to trade-related information, will increase compliance levels as well as reduce the cost of cross-border trade.


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