USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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USAID-funded training to double jobs at West Africa’s largest apparel factory

With speeches and fanfare, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the country’s U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion (GAME) project on August 14, 2017. This new apparel project is expected to create 1,187 new jobs at Dignity Do The Right Thing in Accra and will double the company’s workforce.… Read More

At MAGIC, Ivorian apparel maverick debuts ready-to-wear couture

His father’s 27th child and his mother’s ninth, Aka Phillippe Kouame never learned a trade nor did he want to follow his father into farming in eastern Cote d’Ivoire. While majoring in business at the University of Abidjan, he struck an arrangement with his neighbor, a tailor, to market his “classic” men’s shirts. Mr. Kouame… Read More

Pre-MAGIC, Trade Hub workshop on trade show preparation for Nigerian apparel makers

Seven Nigerian apparel producers attending this week’s Sourcing at MAGIC show in Las Vegas learned how to get the most out of international trade shows during a one-day training organized by the Trade Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Four of the firms—Tiskies, Ruff n Tumble, Crown Natures and One Stop Celebration (OSC)—are… Read More

Ivorian cashew cooperative wins presidential honor, plans expansion

Côte d’Ivoire’s president awarded one of the Trade Hub’s star performers, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), the 2017 prize for best exporting company during an August 7 award ceremony at the presidential palace. “Your merit and good quality work pave the way for the creation of a new Côte d’Ivoire,”… Read More

Make the most of the next eight years, USTR tells AGOA Forum in Togo

The African Trade and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided a framework for economic engagement between the United States and Africa for 16 years—with full bipartisan support in the U.S.—and Africa should maximize the act’s remaining eight years, the United States Trade Representative told attendees of the 16th AGOA Forum in the West African nation of… Read More

Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade… Read More

Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a… Read More

Nigerian customs learn AGOA export procedures

More than 40 Nigerian customs officers learned standard operating procedures under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a two-day workshop in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos. During the August 3-4 workshop, Trade Hub-hired U.S. customs lawyer Ms. Jan Forest and Senior AGOA Specialist Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana explained step-by-step procedures for compliance… Read More

AGOA ABCs unveiled in Ghana ahead of AGOA Forum

Current and would-be exporters in Ghana learned of an additional tool to ship duty-free to the U.S. at a July 27 validation workshop on the national strategy for the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). During a national AGOA strategy validation meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E.… Read More

Growth financing approved for Nigerian agro-processors

Three Nigerian agro-processors of various sizes have new bank financing totaling Naira 421,706,825 (about $1.35m) for equipment and working capital, thanks to facilitation by the Trade Hub and its financial advisors’ network. Leading cereals processor Graceco Limited received a N350 million (about $1 million) debt facility from the Bank of Industry and Access Bank to… Read More

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