AGOA

What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Tuesday, April 30 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Global Shea Alliance participates at in-cosmetics, trains women in Ghana

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.

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Businesses, government, civil society should start thinking about AGOA law renewal now

Thursday, February 28 2013

Sherman Katz, Trade Policy Expert

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.

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Guinea welcomes West Africa’s 18th AGOA Resource Center

Thursday, February 28 2013

Joe Lamport

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 Markets, the U.S. Embassy, Guinea’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Handcrafts and Guinea’s Ministry of Commerce.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Thursday, February 28 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

 

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February 5 Highlights

Featuring an interview with Paul Brenton, the World Bank’s Trade Practice Manager for Africa, and a review of the success of the USAID Trade Hub’s access to finance strategy, the USAID Trade Hub’s monthly newsletter, Tradewinds, was delivered to more than 12,000 subscribers. www.watradehub.com/tradewinds

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January 9 Highlights

Business
The Global Shea Alliance has released a draft of its sustainability strategy for the shea industry as it prepares for the sixth industry annual conference March 4-6 in Abuja, Nigeria. The conference has already surpassed $100,000 in sponsorship support. The strategy places women’s livelihoods as its central focus and is available online at www.globalshea.com.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Wednesday, December 26 2012

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Bankers learn about USAID Trade Hub access to finance initiatives

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.

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Designers wow at Ghana Fashion Week

Friday, November 16 2012

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

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."

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AfricaNow! continues building handcrafts exporters' competitiveness at SIAO 2012

Friday, November 16 2012

Joe Lamport

The handcrafts sector in West Africa is perhaps its most vibrant. Millions of people make handcrafts and skilled artisans generate income and create jobs thanks to their talents and abilities. The USAID West Africa Trade Hub launched AfricaNow! in 2009 to improve the sector’s competitiveness in world markets.

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Women entrepreneurs target of new grant in Ghana as AWEP program expands

Saturday, October 27 2012

Joe Lamport
Delali Tagboto works with hundreds of women farmer groups in Ghana who harvest and sell mangoes and dry cassava to make gari, a condiment popular with many Ghanaian dishes. But the company’s aspirations to export are limited by its technical abilities.
 
“When we just sell the mangoes, they are so cheap,” Tagboto said. “If we could do dried mango or juice, we could increase our profit.
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