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

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On September 23, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the South African chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) hosted a co-creation workshop to conclude a month-long assessment of AmCham South Africa’s research capacity and offering to its members. The research capacity assessment comes in response to a USAID Regional Economic Growth Office request for the USAID TradeHub to support the development of a research and insights proposition for AmCham South Africa. The USAID TradeHub presentation at the co-creation workshop summarized the research capacity assessment and offering of AmCham South Africa and was well received by its members. One key finding from the month-long assessment and co-creation workshop is the requirement from AmCham South Africa’s members to receive insights on the business climate and policy decisions and trends relevant to American businesses in South Africa at set intervals. The development of the research and insights proposition was divided into two phases, with the first having concluded on September 30, 2020. The first phase focused on benchmarking against other chapters and assessing the capacity and resources of the South African chapter. The second phase, beginning on October 1, 2020, involves the provision of a USAID TradeHub grant to AmCham South Africa to fund the research and insights proposition and to help the chapter develop its sustainability and funding mechanisms. The co-creation workshop at which the research and insights proposition was tabled for discussion was organized by the USAID TradeHub, which joined the U.S. Commercial Service and 17 members of the AmCham Board of Directors, led by its president and chief executive officer. The USAID TradeHub provided the research capacity and benchmarking services through a consultant hired to survey AmCham South Africa members and interview AmCham chapters globally.

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