Tradewinds

Tradewinds is a monthly newsletter produced by the West Africa Trade Hub.

May, 2013

Anna Falth, UN Women
In the apparel sector, women make up as many as 90% of the workers.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is a newly-established UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and one of the...

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Joe Lamport
At the 2012 annual conference of the African Cashew Alliance, Kraft Foods and Intersnack, two of the world’s largest buyers of cashew nuts, signed an agreement with the alliance to implement a...

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Craig Duncan
More than 600,000 women in Ghana collect sheanuts destined for export.
Ghanaian members of the shea industry have met to discuss their plans to advocate for greater stakeholder involvement in the regulation of shea prices in Ghana, through the establishment of an intra-...

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Joe Lamport
The Global Shea Alliance connected to shea stakeholders in the U.S. at its first
The use of shea in products across the U.S. has only increased in recent years, but the industry has never collectively reached out to buyers of shea in the country. That changed in May when the...

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Ashley Heacock, AM International
Ashley Heacock
Ashley Heacock is an international business consultant. Tradewinds recently ran into her at the inaugural shea conference in New York City and asked her to describe her experiences in trade and...

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Craig Duncan
Representatives of the governments of Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and the U.S. cut the
West Africa’s fifth Border Information Center has opened on the Noe-Elubo border between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Like the other Border Information Centers in the region, the center aims...

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Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong
Burt’s Bees joins the Global Shea AllianceThe Global Shea Alliance has welcomed Burt’s Bees as its newest member, and the company will also participate in the Alliance’s working...

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April, 2013

Joe Lamport
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Once a month or so, an employee of Mamma Mia’s pizzeria in Accra, Ghana, drives three hours to Lomé in neighboring Togo to stock up on supplies for the popular restaurant. The reason is simple...

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Megan Guidrey, Global Shea Alliance
The Global Shea Alliance will host its inaugural North American event in New York City May 13, reflecting the organization’s meteoric growth in just two years. Launched with 54 stakeholders in...

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Joe Lamport
The iconic baobab tree grows across Africa, producing fruit that holds enormous
At trade shows around the world, during meetings with brands large and small and via communications varied and regular the USAID Trade Hub has championed baobab – which, to be fair, may not...

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Xenia Défontaine, African Cashew Alliance
"Value Chain & Gains!," the African Cashew Alliance's World Cashew Festival and Expo2013, will take place Sept. 16-19 in Lagos, Nigeria, the Alliance has announced. The Eko Hotel...

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Craig Duncan
Checkpoints slow down trucks, driving up transport costs and discouraging invest
The Government of Niger has eliminated seven checkpoints, winning the gratitude of truck drivers and the praise of the Borderless Alliance.Checkpoints slow down trucks, driving up transport costs and...

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Craig Duncan
Delays at borders are a barrier to trade. Trucks wait up to a week - sometimes l
The National Committees of the Borderless Alliance, the West African private sector-led group advocating for reduced costs and delays in cross-border transport, have begun mobilizing their members to...

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Dr. Daniel Bromley, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Humboldt University-Berlin
Dr. Daniel Bromley is the Anderson-Bascom Distinguished Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Humbold University in Berlin. He is the author, most recently, of...

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Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong
Global Shea Alliance participates at in-cosmetics, trains women in GhanaThe Global Shea Alliance, co-founded by the USAID Trade Hub in 2011, participated at the In-Cosmetics international trade show...

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March, 2013

Craig Duncan and Bright Gowonu
The 21st report of the USAID-UEMOA road governance initiative presents the lates
Hundreds of transport and trade stakeholders in Burkina Faso participated in meetings in five cities during a caravan organized by the Improved Road Transport Governance (IRTG) initiative, a joint...

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Niels Rasmussen
Reducing delays is possible, but requires strong leadership and collaboration am
At the second annual conference of the Borderless Alliance in Accra in February, Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Harouna Iddrisu, pledged to reduce delays at Ghana’s borders...

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Meredith Ragno
In 2006, the USAID Trade Hub co-founded the African Cashew Alliance with 24 private sector stakeholders. In the ensuing seven years, the cashew industry has become a major economic force in West...

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Craig Duncan
From left to right, Hajiya Salima Makama, new president of the Global Shea Allia
More than 500 representatives of all points in the shea value chain participated in the Global Shea Alliance’s “Global Perspectives” conference, held in Abuja, Nigeria, in March,...

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Peter White
It is a stated and understandable policy of most West African governments to inc
With fast increasing urbanization, West Africa needs more food than the region currently produces – where will it come from? How will it get here? And at what cost? Peter White, an...

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Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong
Border Information Center opens at the Port of Dakar105 stakeholders in Senegal participated in the launch of West Africa’s fourth Border Information Center in Dakar. The new center is hosted...

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February, 2013

Sherman Katz, Trade Policy Expert
The USAID Trade Hub network of AGOA Resource Centers provides information and as
AGOA opened the U.S. to  duty-free sale of more than 6,000 items (tariff lines) from African nations provided those countries conduct free and fair elections. Products from West Africa...

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Phyllis Woods, Tribalinks
Phyllis Woods has sourced handcrafts products from West Africa for almost 30 yea
Traveling in West Africa to source handcrafts and import those products is full of challenges. I don’t have to tell those who have been there, how difficult logistics alone can be as you...

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Joe Lamport
7 international buyers connected with Ivoirian handcrafts producers at a USAID T
In the 1990s, international handcrafts buyers included Côte d’Ivoire on their itineraries when they came to West Africa. But the country’s long civil war in the 2000s decimated that...

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Joe Lamport
Hand-woven textiles can be imported duty-free to the U.S. under AGOA.
A new enhanced AGOA Resource Center (eARC) is now serving the business community in Guinea, thanks to collaboration between the USAID West Africa Trade Hub, the USAID Business Environments for Agile...

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Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong
  Seven handcrafts exporters from Ghana, Guinea, Niger and Senegal met over 100 professional buyers when they exhibited textiles, baskets, leather products, furniture and other home décor...

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Craig Duncan
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Ghana's Minister of Trade, pledging to reduce delays at Bor
 Ghana’s Minister of Trade pledged to significantly reduce the time it takes to process trucks at the country’s border as he opened the second annual conference of the Borderless...

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January, 2013

Joe Lamport
Paul Brenton
Paul Brenton, Trade Practice Leader in the Africa Region of the World Bank, is a keynote speaker at this year’s Borderless Conference in Accra, February 21-22. Mr. Brenton is among the world...

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Christophe Bruyas, USAID Trade Hub Road Governance Team Leader
Quarterly reports include a map that show checkpoints along primary trade corrid
In 2005, UEMOA, the eight-member group of francophone countries and Ghana, asked the USAID Trade Hub to develop a methodology to monitor the extent of checkpoints, delays and bribes along primary...

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Peter White, Consultant to the USAID Trade Hub
Peter White
Ask any up-and-coming export company in West Africa what its greatest challenge is and it will probably say financing – and, in particular, long-term financing to acquire plant and equipment to...

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