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Border Information Center opens at the Port of Dakar

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).


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The USAID Trade Hub published a special 2012 AGOA Forum edition of Tradewinds, its monthly newsletter, including columns by USAID Trade Hub Director Vanessa Adams, Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade, Vital Voices Africa Program Coordinator Sarah Ewing, AWEP Ghana President Comfort Adjahoe and USAID Trade Hub Transport Director Niels Rasmussen. A report on the Borderless 2012 conference, including video footage, and a report on moving goods on the Cotonou-Niamey corridor also feature.


May 31 Highlights

Borderless: Business Environment
Ghana’s Customs Service will rehabilitate a parking lot at the Ghana-Togo border in Aflao that will serve as an “express lane,” the service said in meetings with the USAID Trade Hub. Long delays at the border are a barrier to trade, significantly reducing trade along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor, USAID Trade Hub studies show.


Promote 2011

Sat, 03/12/2011 (All day) - Sun, 11/12/2011 (All day)

There will be over 1000 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries at the 4th International Exhibition for Enterprises, SMEs and Partnerships of Yaoundé. Central Africa's largest economic gathering will take place at the Palais du Congrès, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Women business leaders 'encouraged' as AGOA Forum puts new focus on entrepreneurship program

Saturday, July 2 2011

Joe Lamport
Women entrepreneurs are building connections, sharing ideas and doing more business as the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program continues to connect business leaders, members said after meetings at the 10th annual AGOA Forum. AWEP was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at last year’s AGOA Forum.

Shea conference puts people, planet and profit in spotlight as Global Shea Alliance formally launched

Sunday, May 8 2011

Joe Lamport and Lauren Siegel

From the launch of the new Global Shea Alliance to the grafting of shea trees to a business-to-business forum, “Shea 2011: Sustainable Solutions” connected hundreds of shea stakeholders from across West Africa and around the world to each other and the information they need to grow the industry.


In Cameroon, entrepreneurs work to capitalize on the potential

Friday, April 8 2011

Joe Lamport
About 10 years ago, Brigitte Moukoko saw an opportunity to produce a savory smoked meat product for the local market in Douala, Cameroon. Her product took off and now she exports it, too.

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How women entrepreneurs are building businesses across West Africa

Sunday, March 6 2011

Nene Akwetey Kodjoe, Denise Awoonor Renner and Joe Lamport
In 2006, Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson became the first woman head of state in Africa. In 2008, she called on Miata Beysolow to serve as the country’s minister of commerce and industry.
Liberia's Minister of Commerce and Industry Miata Beysolow.
Liberia's Minister of Commerce and Industry Miata Beysolow.
“It felt like a real homecoming,” recalled Beysolow.
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