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

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In lieu of a planned regional peer learning event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the USAID TradeHub has redirected its focus to digital delivery of this workplan activity. The USAID TradeHub launched a rigorous, in-house research process to develop case studies and to deliver webinars with the aim of better understanding how cross-border trade is initiated, managed, and organized among market actors. The team has identified nearly 30 models of trade deals in different stages of maturity, which will form the subject of the case studies. A qualitative research methodology has been adopted, allowing the team to explore selected examples of trade facilitation models and interview market actors within these models. The results of the study will be published before June 30, 2020 and will form the basis of webinars which will engage the various market actors in the study, as they share their experiences in cross-border trade. It will also enhance the Hub’s planning capability as it looks toward designing its year-five workplan.


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