Friday, May 31 2013
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 participants in May’s inaugural North American Global Shea Alliance Trade and Industry Conference in New York City.
Tuesday, April 30 2013
The Global Shea Alliance, co-founded by the USAID Trade Hub in 2011, participated at the In-Cosmetics international trade show and the Union for Ethical Bio Trade conference in Paris, distributing more than 100 annual reports and membership directories to shea butter distributers, brands, and development agencies from around the world.
Sunday, March 31 2013
105 stakeholders in Senegal participated in the launch of West Africa’s fourth Border Information Center in Dakar. The new center is hosted by the Conseil Sénégalais des Chargeurs (COSEC).
Source West Africa will be showcasing top West African designers at Source Africa, the most important textile, apparel and footwear trade event in Africa. www.sourceafrica.co.za
Thursday, February 28 2013
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 that have utilized the program include textiles, apparel, agricultural products such as cashews and shea butter as well as oil and gas.
Wednesday, December 26 2012
80 finance experts discussed constraints that limit small and medium enterprises’ access to finance and learned about the USAID Trade Hub’s innovative work to improve access during a meeting organized by Ecobank Togo in Lome. The USAID Trade Hub’s work with the African Cashew Alliance, the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development and the West African Development Bank were the focus of a presentation by the USAID Trade Hub.
Friday, November 16 2012
87 handcrafts producers and exporters from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo participated in the USAID Trade Hub-supported AfricaNow! three-day handcrafts exporters workshop at the Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. The workshop was supported by the USAID BEAM project as well.
Friday, November 16 2012
In October, Jackie Shaw, fashion director of Africa Fashion Guide, an online platform which promotes the supply chain of African fashion and textiles, participated in the first Ghana Fashion Week in Accra.
"This is the main launch of Ghana fashion and design week and it brought together quite a few designers and, media and quiet a huge crowd," Shaw said. "It was very exciting."
Posted: November 6, 2012
A three-day training workshop is presenting information on exporting to world markets in order to improve the competitiveness of apparel designers in Côte d’Ivoire. Source West Africa, a USAID Trade Hub-supported apparel industry brand, is conducting the training with support from the USAID BEAM project.