What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Sunday, March 31 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

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).


March 15th Highlights



New approach is improving access to finance for West African entrepreneurs

Friday, January 7 2011

Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe and Joe Lamport

About two years ago, Felicite Yameogo, known in Burkina Faso as “Mme Karite” (French for "Lady Shea") for her more than two decades of work in the sector, watched helplessly as her company’s financial viability came undone. Karikis, based in Ouagadougou, produces a variety of cosmetics with all natural shea butter produced by thousands of Burkinabe women.


November 30th Highlights

The Centre de Formation Artisanale de Recyclage et de Recuperation in Senegal, an AfricaNow! partner company that receives technical assistance from the USAID Trade Hub, has won the prestigious Artisanal Creativity award at the 12th edition of the Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. The prize includes a significant financial award and a two-year scholarship in France for one of the center’s youth.


October 29th Highlights



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.


May 4th Highlights

Exporter Development
Sierra Leone’s AGOA Committee and the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency have drafted a national export strategy.  AGOA Services Manager Abou Fall trained 65 business managers (16 women) in the law’s provisions.

Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry established a National AGOA Implementation Committee to work on a strategy for Ghana to better benefit from AGOA’s trade advantages in the shea, cashew and apparel sectors.


April 16 Highlights

Exporter Development
The Trade Hub helped 67 home décor and fashion accessories companies prepare for the visit of a major American retailer that is seeking to source products in Ghana this month.
The Trade Hub implemented a workshop with the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Mauritania on exporting under AGOA.
Companies from Benin, Ghana and Senegal exhibited shea products at In-Cosmetics in Europe, generating over 300 links to international buyers.


What's Happening at the Trade Hub

Wednesday, February 10 2010

Joe Lamport


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