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 assisted Zambia to become compliant with Article 1.2 of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement. The achievement, which follows the live public launch of the USAID TradeHub-supported Zambia Trade Information Portal on May 29, 2020, is also in line with the requirements of Annex 4 of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The live launch was witnessed by the Charge d’ Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, David J. Young, who commended the Zambian government for this major milestone. Representing the Zambian government, Minister of Commerce, Trade, and Industry Christopher Yaluma thanked the U.S. Government for assisting the country to comply with its obligations under the Trade Facilitation Agreement. Affirming the sustainability of the effort, Martine Mtonga, the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and National Coordinator of the Smart Zambia Institute, which will host the portal, said that his team had already assigned dedicated staff to its management. Portal administrators have received extensive on-job training from USAID TradeHub advisors. Praising the collaboration between USAID, the ministry, and the World Bank, International Finance Corporation Resident Representative Madalo Minofu also thanked representatives of the private sector for their contribution to the project. In-person attendance at the live portal launch included 48 representatives of the public and private sectors. U.S. Government officials participated virtually through a video link. The USAID TradeHub is developing a related success story for USAID, tracing the evolution of the portal and its projected impact on Zambia’s economic development.


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