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Last updated: September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

Zambia is ranked number six out of 47 countries in doing business in Africa, particularly under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program. Through this flagship preferential trade arrangement, opportunities have opened for African entrepreneurs, particularly women in agri-business and trade to access previously inaccessible markets like the United States. USAID's Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub continues to support Zambian women to become more active participants in the country’s economy.

August 3, 2018

Zambians are avid fish eaters: individual intake averages 10 kilograms per year, and demand is rising alongside a growing population, intensifying urbanization and expanding incomes. To meet demand, Zambia imports over 50 percent of fish consumed, an amount estimated at about $367 million. The World Bank estimates that fish imports to Zambia have climbed 15-fold in the past decade, and Zambia's government has identified aquaculture as a high priority sector.

July 12, 2018

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan delivered opening remarks at the United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2018.  Enacted in 2002, AGOA aims to expand U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa, promote inclusive development and economic growth, foster a higher level dialogue in trade and investment related issues, encourage economic integration, and facilitate sub-Saharan Africa’s integration into the global economy.

July 12, 2018

It’s a long way from the arid countryside of West Africa to cosmetic stores in the United States, candy shops in Europe and beyond. What links them is the nut of the shea tree — and entrepreneurs like Rita Dampson. Read more about Rita's work and the shea nut's voyage from Ghanian village to global market.

Photo of participants at June 2018 African Structured Trade Seminar
June 27, 2018

U.S. based company, INTL FCStone hosted a landmark seminar that addressed challenges with regional commodities trading and outlined a viable roadmap to strengthen Africa’s ability to trade and drive economic growth.  The seminar, which took place in Livingstone, Zambia, was made possible through a Public Private Partnership with INTL FCStone and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).