AWIEF USAID-funded Program for SMEs Investment and Export Readiness 2022

AWIEF USAID-funded Program: As part of a new initiative with USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, AWIEF the ‘Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Investment and Export Readiness Through a Digital Platform’ program is now taking applications from AWIEF members (USAID TradeHub).

AWIEF USAID-funded Program

Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia are among the countries participating in the AWIEF 8-week program, which aims to improve the investor readiness, export readiness, and competitiveness of 100 SMEs in nine Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The training will assist your organization in strengthening its governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management skills.

To increase export commerce for SMEs, the initiative uses the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a United States Trade Act that greatly improves market access to the US for qualified Sub-Saharan African (SSA) nations and is valid through 2025. Agriculture, agro-processing, textiles, and apparel are among the priority industrial sectors.

Are you looking for a way to fund your company’s expansion? Now is the time to apply.

AWIEF USAID-funded Program | Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to SMEs registered and operating in one of the Southern African countries:
    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • Eswatini
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • South Africa
    • Zambia
  • SME’s should already be exporting or interested in exporting to South Africa and/or the United States as a result of AGOA.
    Should SMEs seek money to expand their businesses and engage in international trade?
  • Agriculture, agroprocessing, textiles, and apparel are among the priority industrial sectors.
  • Before applying, please make sure you satisfy all of the qualifying requirements.

How to Apply for the AWIEF USAID-funded Program

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is April 11th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CET (CAT). If you have any questions, you may email them at [email protected]

To apply, go to this link.

Visit AWIEF for more information.

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