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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Two-tiered approach to financing for large and SME processors and traders across West Africa

Along two tracks, the Trade Hub is rapidly securing finance and investments for an array of West African companies, from large traders and processors to small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) owned by women. From April to June 2016, 11 business of all sizes in four countries garnered more than $12 million, more than half of $23 million… Read More

Textile travel and luggage goods now duty-free!

Textile travel and luggage goods—including backpacks, handbags, and wallets—are now eligible for duty-free treatment when exported from Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries and those eligible under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Several West African countries fall in either or both these categories, giving the region a competitive cost advantage over non-African manufacturers… Read More

Trade Hub apparel partner signs deal to employ youth, especially girls

The Ghana Youth Employment Agency and local apparel producing companies have signed an agreement to employ 5,000 Ghanaian youth, particularly girls from Ghana’s poorer regions. Dignity DTRT, a leading apparel firm which enjoys Trade Hub support, has already signed up 2,000 persons, as reported by Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, during a June 16 tour of the… Read More

Nigerian investment opportunities abound, apparel sector ripe for comeback

Trade Hub specialists in finance, investment and apparel traveled through Nigeria in May to lay groundwork for at least $20 million in investment in that country and stimulate export-oriented business growth, particularly in the high-potential apparel sector. Mr. William Addo, the Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialist, attended a local and foreign direct investment summit… Read More

West Africa outreach series launches to help exporters seize AGOA opportunities

Hand in hand with regional trade organizations, the Trade Hub in May launched a series of outreach events across West Africa to help exporters learn how to tap into duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) hosted the first event in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 20,… Read More

Cameroon Chamber of Commerce prepares Eastern Region firms to benefit from AGOA

Food processors and handicrafts makers from Cameroon’s Eastern Region were among 63 businesses to learn about export opportunities and requirements at a June 14 event, hosted by Cameroon’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Craft (CCIMC) in collaboration with the Trade Hub. “AGOA and Export Opportunities: The way forward,” also drew representatives of the Ministry… Read More

Mango season trainings target industry gaps, raise export prospects in four countries

To boost West Africa’s competitiveness in one of its tastiest products, the Trade Hub has organized best-practices training for hundreds of those working in the region’s mango value chain, including farmers, harvesters, packhouse technicians and traders. The three-month training campaign started in Burkina Faso in April, followed by Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in May, and… Read More

Nigerian apparel manufacturer connects with buyers and suppliers at Source Africa 2016

Crown Natures of Nigeria was among 180 exhibitors who converged in Cape Town, South Africa on June 8-9 for Source Africa 2016. The annual event brings together apparel manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and service providers for both international and African markets to explore an extensive array of products and services from all over the continent. The… Read More

Mango associations granted office equipment as part of Trade Hub professionalization package

Two Ghanaian mango associations received office equipment to help professionalize their services to hundreds of members, part of an overall Trade Hub package to bolster the mango value chain in Ghana and across West Africa. The project’s Chief of Party, Mr. Jeffrey Povolny, accompanied by senior members of staff, delivered the equipment on June 6… Read More

Ceremony announces West Africa’s first regional livestock tradeshow

More than 200 high-level West African government representatives and livestock value chain stakeholders attended the June 2 announcement of the region’s first regional livestock tradeshow, Salon International Bétail-Viande d’Afrique de l’Ouest (SIBVAO). Hosted by the regional livestock association, Confederation des Federations de la Filière Bétail-Viande en Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO) with support from USAID’s West… Read More

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