The Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH) is a USAID project aimed at increasing international competitiveness, intra-regional trade, and food security in the region. SATH promotes regional food security by addressing transportation and trade barriers along regional trade corridors, and by strengthening trade in key food commodities, including corn, soybean, and groundnuts.
Microsoft Corporation has been a key partner to USAID on the ICT aspects of the Southern Africa Trade Hub initiative. Specifically, USAID and Microsoft have partnered (2010-2014) to develop the first customs systems interface and connectivity in Southern Africa through the Microsoft Corporation Cloud Computing Program as, prior to this partnership, customs systems were not connected across international borders.
The partnership launched the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC) eCustoms and eTrade Pilot-Project on Customs Systems Interface, Connectivity, Electronic Data Interchange and the Single Window Concept as the first step in a larger vision of regional integration, aiming to further extend cooperation to national banking and financial intelligence, to reduce bonds, and to provide in-depth shipment information so as to create greater predictability and superior risk-management capabilities.
Objectives include allowing electronic data interchange of Customs and other documents and information, enabling electronic submission of supporting documents to Customs and relevant stakeholders, reducing transaction costs on traded goods, increasing efficiency in the Customs Service, creating a business environment, creating a Single Window (that connects government agencies, private sector traders, freight forwarders, transportation companies and other stakeholders), and providing a platform for automating the TKC Corridor Performance Monitoring System (CPMS). The project’s investment cap is $82.6 million.
|Location||Southern Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana|
|Value||USD 82.6 Million|