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Corridor reports present detailed information on road governance

Joe Lamport

Trucking is arguably West Africa's most important type of commercial transport - as much as 80% of goods are moved by truck across the region. Transport governance refers to the rules and their enforcement to facilitate the movement of trucks in West Africa. In 2006, the USAID Trade Hub and UEMOA collaborated to implement the Improved Road Transport Governance initiative, which monitors and publishes data that reflect the status of road governance.

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Transport and logistics shows significant improvement on the Tema-Ouagadougou-Bamako corridor

Joe Lamport

A new USAID Trade Hub study shows that transport and logistics efficiency has improved significantly along one of West Africa's primary trade corridors.

From the executive summary:

This Report shows that Transport & Logistics efficiencies on the Tema-Ouagadougou corridor have improved considerably during the period 2008 – 2012.

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Trends in Transport and Logistics on the Tema-Ouagadougou-Bamako Corridor

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This Report shows that Transport & Logistics efficiencies on the Tema-Ouagadougou corridor have improved considerably during the period 2008 – 2012.

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Positives outweigh the negatives for investors in West Africa

Friday, May 31 2013

Ashley Heacock, AM International

Ashley Heacock is an international business consultant. Tradewinds recently ran into her at the inaugural shea conference in New York City and asked her to describe her experiences in trade and investment in West Africa.

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What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Friday, May 31 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Burt’s Bees joins the Global Shea Alliance

The Global Shea Alliance has welcomed Burt’s Bees as its newest member, and the company will also participate in the Alliance’s working group on sustainability.

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Global Shea Alliance holds first-ever event in North America

Friday, May 31 2013

Joe Lamport

The use of shea in products across the U.S. has only increased in recent years, but the industry has never collectively reached out to buyers of shea in the country. That changed in May when the USAID Trade Hub-supported Global Shea Alliance held its inaugural North American shea conference in New York City.

 

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African Cashew Alliance seal expands as a new processing factory prepares to open in Ghana

Friday, May 31 2013

Joe Lamport

At the 2012 annual conference of the African Cashew Alliance, Kraft Foods and Intersnack, two of the world’s largest buyers of cashew nuts, signed an agreement with the alliance to implement a quality and sustainability seal to address those top concerns for buyers – and thereby make African processors’ cashews more competitive in world markets.

What a difference a year makes – three companies are now using the seal across Africa and eight more are being assessed to use it.

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UN Women initiative prepares new knowledge-sharing platform for women worldwide

Friday, May 31 2013

Anna Falth, UN Women

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.

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ECOWAS CET Adopted Press Release

The press release below was issued by the ECOWAS Communications Office on March 22, 2013.

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Transport stakeholders in Senegal ponder "pass sticker" to reduce delays, harassment

Tuesday, April 30 2013

Craig Duncan

The National Committees of the Borderless Alliance, the West African private sector-led group advocating for reduced costs and delays in cross-border transport, have begun mobilizing their members to address issues related to trade and transport facilitation at the national level.

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