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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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West African textile and apparel firms promote the “Africa Advantage” at upcoming MAGIC trade show

What’s the Africa Advantage? From Feb. 15-18, dozens of African apparel manufacturers—including four from Ghana and Benin—will explain multiple advantages of buying from Africa at the world’s largest apparel trade show. Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas focuses on the global supply chain, giving a platform for thousands of brands and retailers to source production… Read More

Trade Hub and Borderless Alliance announce anticorruption billboard campaign

Coming soon to billboards along Ghana’s main north-south corridor: Bribery is Illegal. Both the Giver and the Taker are Guilty. To Avoid Road Harassment, Be Compliant! Transit Trade Benefits Ghana and its Neighbors – Break the Cycle of Corruption on our Roads. Beginning February 29, the Borderless Alliance (BA), a Trade Hub partner, will roll… Read More

Regional livestock association adopts five-year action plan

In November, the West African livestock association COFENABVI adopted a new five-year action plan (2016-2020), prepared with Trade Hub support. To review the action plan, from November 15-17, COFENABVI brought together an assembly in Lomé of over 60 participants—including 8 women—from all nine of its member countries, including ministers of livestock from Burkina Faso, Togo,… Read More

After 10 years, Mauritania to reopen its ATRC in 2016

Mauritania’s AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC) will again open its doors in the capital Nouakchott to help companies interested in exporting to the U.S. The ATRC was shuttered after a government coup in 2006, followed by three years of AGOA ineligibility and the absence of an ATRC coordinator. But in December 2015, the Trade Hub’s… Read More

In Nigeria, learning to maximize economic benefits under AGOA and ETLS

About 90 people—regional and global exporters, freight forwarders, and export and customs oversight officials—gathered in Lagos, Nigeria on December 9 to start capitalizing on regional and U.S. trade opportunities. At the one-day workshop, the Trade and Investment Hub partnered with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) explained the ins and outs of customs documentation under… Read More

Partnership with Ethical Apparel Africa yielding deals for West African companies

In late 2015, Trade Hub partner Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), a U.S. based sourcing firm facilitated $33,000 in deals for apparel firms in Ghana and Benin. Thanks to EAA connections, African New Confection (ANC) of Benin has two contracts extending into 2016 with Eve and Tribe, a Nigeria-based American company, and is sampling for a… Read More

Regional workshop gives Trade Hub contacts for trade facilitation work

The Trade Hub’s Chongo Mukupa and Barbara Rippel of the Trade and Transport Enabling Environment sector connected with international organizations and players helping to implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO/TFA) at a regional workshop November 17-19, 2015 in Lomé, Togo. “Strategic Initiatives for Trade Facilitation”—organized by the World Customs Organization in conjunction… Read More

One less burden for regional food trade in Côte d’Ivoire

Breakthrough: In northern Côte d’Ivoire, exporters of food crops in the Bouake region will no longer have to provide certificates of origin for agricultural commodities as they cross borders as stipulated in the “Note de Service” or policy circular 01 of March 2015. Though contrary to the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS)—approved decades ago to… Read More

Cereals traders from 9 West African countries sign purchase contracts

In early December, 74 West Africans involved in the region’s cereals trade gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, to create new commercial partnerships and strengthen existing relationships. Organized by the Trade Hub and NGO Afrique Verte, this two-day event built upon the success of the first Ouagadougou exchange held in July and attracted new participants… Read More

Creating linkages between regional cereal traders- PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release December 9, 2015 Contact: Bill Noble, Value Chain Development Specialist Tel: +233 26 280 0781 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — More than 60 cereal sourcing and procurement enterprises, producer associations and inspection companies have converged in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso today for the second quarterly West African Regional Cereals Exchange. The Exchange is organized… Read More

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