Sao Tome & Principe

Trade Hub Assisted Exporters

Explore the locations of some of the export ready companies we work with across the region. (N.B. This map was last updated in August 2010.)


Submarine cables to increase connectivity to the region

Ben Coleman

West Africa's internet access costs are some of the highest in the world. The reason is the virtual monopoly on internet traffic from the region - the Sat3 submarine cable which links West Africa to Europe.


What's Happening at the Trade Hub

Wednesday, February 10 2010

Joe Lamport



Trade Finance 2009: Untapped Markets

More profitable lending in West Africa.



The Trade Hub has facilitated the development of five brands: AfricaNow!, Taste of Africa, Source Africa, Global Shea and the African Cashew Alliance. Companies using these brands established links with over 400 international buyers. The Hub partnered with the U.S. African Development Foundation to establish the “AfricaNow!” brand in 2009.


Exports and Gender

The Trade Hub specifically targets women-owned companies for assistance: More than a quarter of companies that receive assistance are owned and managed by women. The Trade Hub’s work in the apparel sector creates jobs that are overwhelmingly filled by women and millions of rural women help support themselves and their families by collecting, selling and processing sheanuts.


Doing Business

African businesses expect significant growth in 2010, a recent survey of African business leaders showed. Trade Hub-assisted export-ready companies reported modest gains, verifying the optimistic views: They generated USD 838,185 in exports through 416 transactions in the last quarter.

Trade Hub helped master artisans at nine companies develop over 25 new product lines during the first quarter of FY 2010, which will debut at the New York International Gift Fair and Ambiente, the largest gift fairs in the U.S. and European markets, respectively, in January and February.


Challenges to regional integration identified

Tuesday, January 12 2010

Ometere Omoluabi

Ecowas member states that were surveyed
The Trade Hub interviewed public and private sector representatives in eight countries to analyze gaps in the implementation of ECOWAS protocols on the free movement of people, goods and transport.
In a group interview in  September, 18 disgr


Sourcing at MAGIC

Tue, 16/02/2010 - 09:00 - Thu, 18/02/2010 - 18:00

Catch the best in West African apparel when Source Africa visits Las Vegas this February! See for more information.

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