Trade and Investment Hubs

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Map of Africa showing the West Africa, South Africa and East Africa Trade hub countriesWest Africa Trade HubEast Africa Trade HubSouth Africa Trade HubSouth Africa Trade Hub

USAID Trade Hubs work on the ground to reduce the cost and risk of doing business in Africa, leveling the playing field and cutting through red tape to make investment and trade freer and fairer for everyone. USAID is engaging with partners across sub-Saharan Africa to:

  1. Deepen regional economic integration
  2. Promote two-way trade with the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  3. Attract investment that drives commercial expansion within the region and to global markets

USAID's Trade and Investment Hubs are located in East Africa, Southern Africa and West AfricaNorth Africa Trade Hub coming soon! 

Did You Know?  

  • Africa’s rate of return on investment is higher than any other region. The Hubs have created investment opportunities in Africa worth $600 million—and growing.
  • The Hubs are spearheading a new model of private-sector led development. For every $1 of public money spent on trade programs in Africa, the Hubs leverage $9 in private investment. 
  • Trade grows the U.S. economy by generating new markets for American goods and services. American companies exported nearly $22 billion in goods to Africa in 2017.
  • AGOA is the cornerstone of U.S. trade policy with Africa. The Hubs have directly leveraged $1.3 billion in African exports under AGOA.
  • Since 2010, the Hubs have created 46,000 African jobs. Many of these jobs are held by women who tend to invest job-related income into their families and communities.
  • Since 2004, the Hubs have assisted 2,300 private enterprises and non-governmental organizations working on food security.


Graphic of USAID Africa Trade and Investment Hub Results.  Results are as follow: 800% return on every dollar investment in African Trade Programs; 46,000 jobs created 2010-12018; 450 million dollars of AGOA exports facilitated 2010-2018; 437 million dollars worth of investments facilitated between 2004-2018; 592 million dollars worth of potential investments identified; 1.3 billion dollars worth exports facilitated from 2004-2018; 250 million dollars of intra-regional trade facilitated between 2004-2018
USAID African Trade and Investment Hubs: Delivering Results