On August 3, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub), in partnership with the South African Consulate General in New York City, brought together cosmetics trade associations from Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa to plan an upcoming webinar on exporting to the United States. On hand were representatives of the Cosmetic Export Council of South Africa, the Tshwane Economic Development Agency, the Namibia Network of Cosmetics Industry, and the Botswana Natural Products Association. Also participating in the discussion was USAID TradeHub partner, Registrar Corp, a U.S. firm that helps firms comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) import regulations. Based on feedback from the August 3 meeting, the USAID TradeHub will work with its partners to structure the webinar as a panel discussion. It will feature a U.S.-based customs broker, a U.S. buyer, and a representative from Registrar Corp. Although a date for the webinar has not been set, the USAID TradeHub will be sharing details of the event before announcing it. Co-creating events with its partners is part of the USAID TradeHub’s market systems development approach, which seeks to build the capacity — and sustainability — of market actors.
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