The USAID-funded ‘Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Investment and Export Readiness Through a Digital Platform’ program aims to increase the investor, export readiness, and competitiveness of 100 SMEs in nine Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.
Application Deadline: April 11, 2022 – Click here to apply
AWIEF are excited to announce our new program in partnership with USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub).
The program leverages the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a United States Trade Act that significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, and valid until 2025, to drive export trade for the SMEs. Priority industry sectors include Agriculture, Agro-processing, Textiles, Apparels.
The objectives of this new AWIEF program are to: (a) increase exports from the Southern African countries to South Africa; (b) increase exports from all the nine targeted Southern African countries to the United States, leveraging AGOA; and (c) support firms seeking specific trade-related technology transfer (e.g. labelling, branding, laboratories). The program will help strengthen participants’ governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management capabilities.
The 8-week program will be implemented as an online training course through the AWIEF digital platform – the AWIEF Community.
Call for applications:
Applications are invited from qualifying candidates. Deadline for submission is Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:59pm Central African Time (CAT).Applicant requirements
- Are you an SME registered and operating in one of these Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia?
- Are you either already exporting or interested in exporting your products to South Africa and/or to the United States leveraging AGOA?
- Are you seeking to raise capital for business expansion and international trade?
- Priority industry sectors include: Agriculture, Agro-processing, Textiles and Apparel.
Applications open: Thursday, March 31 2022
Applications close: Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:59pm Central African Time (CAT)
Program Starts: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
To submit your application, please follow this link: https://awieforum.typeform.com/exporttrade
Applications will only be accepted through the link above.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about AWIEF, please visit: https://www.awieforum.org/