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

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On March 3, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub facilitated a workshop in Windhoek, Namibia to validate the recommendations of a draft strategy aimed at helping the country better utilize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Held in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, and SME Development (MITSMED), the validation workshop followed last November’s country-wide stakeholder consultation exercise, during which the USAID TradeHub gleaned critical inputs to inform the draft strategy. At the recent workshop, 26 participants—hailing from the private sector as well as the Namibia Standards Institution, Namibia Trade Forum, and the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency—reviewed the draft strategy, offering feedback on the prioritization of sectors, export constraints, and suggested interventions. Representatives of the U.S Embassy and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat were also present. Participants recommended strengthening the country’s AGOA Steering Committee by identifying a champion at the highest levels of government and forming two sub-committees—one for export development and marketing and one for monitoring and evaluation. In the absence of a fully-fledged trade and investment promotion agency, the Namibia Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) could take on the role of a secretariat, leading the operational aspects of the Steering Committee. The final strategy is expected to be launched in May or June of this year.

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