The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa Ramsey Day delivered opening remarks at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) November 7, 2018 Investing in Commodities Exchanges panel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The panel sought to increase the understanding of the benefits of regional commodity exchanges and to generate broad international support to finance a more transparent commodities exchange system across Africa. The Commodities Exchanges panel was organized by the African Investment Bank in collaboration with the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

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USAID Trade and Investment Hubs advance enterprise-driven solutions to unlock Africa's growing markets. Through innovative public-private sector partnerships, the Hubs promote trade and investment that drive international commercial expansion and encourage resilient economic growth — a win-win for the U.S. and our African partners.
 

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) engages with partners across Southern Africa to deepen regional economic integration, promote two-way trade with the U.S. under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), and attract investments that drive commercial expansion within the region and to global markets.
 
The Hub works closely with regional governments and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on trade policy.  It also engages with private and public sector organizations, business and industry associations, and international development agencies, and financial institutions.
 
The Hub builds vibrant, broad-based and export oriented private sector, encouraging diversification of exports beyond natural resources. It also promotes governing environment that is conducive to business to foster resilience among Southern African economies.
 
The Hub implements activities in four critical areas:
  • Finance and Investment,
  • Enabling Environment and Trade Facilitation,
  • Export Competitiveness,
  • Agribusiness Trade
The Hub launched the current, fourth generation Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub in October 2016.  It is a flagship regional initiative closely aligned with sister projects headquartered in Accra, Ghana (the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub) and Nairobi, Kenya (the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub).
 
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The Hub works throughout Southern Africa, specifically in, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia.
 
The Hub is also exploring potential activities in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and  Zimbabwe.
 
The Hub is based in Pretoria-South Africa and Gaborone Botswana, with resident advisors in Malawi and Zambia.
 
Read our fact sheets to learn more: Trade Hub Activity Fact Sheets

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s interests while improving lives in the developing world.

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