George Makore has been the Director of AGOA & Export Competitiveness for the USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub since April 2018. He has over 25 years’ experience working on programs aimed at enhancing regional integration and strengthening the region’s competitiveness focusing on trade, investment, policy issues, standards, communication and project management including over 15 years’ senior management experience. Makore has successfully facilitated the development of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Utilization Strategies for Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia to support increased trade and investment, including value addition, improved sector-wide business practices, and improved economies of scale. Makore previously worked as the Director/Team Leader for the Enabling Environment component of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub project, operating in eight SADC countries but based in Gaborone, Botswana. He was instrumental in helping SADC Member States implement their commitments to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreements, including helping seven countries to set up WTO TBT National Enquiry Points for standards and technical regulations. During 2011-2012 Makore was a Partner/ Executive Consultant at Kaizen Business Consultancy in Harare, Zimbabwe. He joined them from the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy.