USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Social media campaigns spotlight Trade Hub activities

On Jan. 13, the Trade Hub launched a 10-day #didyouknow campaign to guide stakeholders to recently published fact sheets. In January and February, we will promote Hub-supported apparel companies to buyers attending the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, and feature women’s roles in expanding West African trade. For more information, visit us on Facebook or… Read More

Marketing the West African advantage at Las Vegas apparel show

Six apparel makers from Benin, Ghana and Nigeria will exhibit at the world’s largest clothing trade show, February 20 to 23, joining dozens of producers from all over Africa to connect with leading global buyers. Sponsored by the Trade Hub and its partner, Ethical Apparel Africa, the six firms will showcase several categories of apparel—… Read More

Growing appreciation for Benin-based shirt maker in the UK

“Shirt was a big hit in London Town…” “We love them. So cool, and the quality is excellent…” “You were right, the girls loved my shirt; another party tonight, and I am going to wear the other one.” These are just a few of the many comments customers have sent to UK-based Irvine Shirts about… Read More

Cameroonian exporters eye U.S. market

In Cameroon’s commercial capital Doula, more than 20 agribusiness exporters and small and medium enterprise owners attended a Dec. 20 workshop to learn about U.S. plant health and phytosanitary requirements, pesticide residue regulations, traceability, labelling and workers’ treatment—all keys to entering the American market. AntaMiel Honey Company owner Mr. Jacques Georges Badjang—who produces 500 tons… Read More

Preparing Nigerian firms to exhibit at world’s largest apparel trade show

Trade Hub apparel experts provided technical assistance in December to two Nigerian apparel companies who will join a West African contingent exhibiting at the Sourcing at Magic Show, February 20-23 in Las Vegas, U.S. From December 6-16, Apparel Value Chain Specialist Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor and Apparel Value Chain Consultant Mr. Bernard Coes worked with two… Read More

AGOA workshop teaches Ivorian entrepreneurs the ins and outs of pricing products

On December 15, 2016 twenty Ivorian entrepreneurs attended a workshop to learn more about accounting principles and business plan development, including how to set prices to account for production costs, as part of a Trade Hub-funded outreach series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Hosted by Côte d’Ivoire’s AGOA Trade Resource Center… Read More

In Benin, Trade Hub partnership will address aflatoxin contamination in cereals sourcing

Breweries and other industrial cereals buyers in West Africa prefer to source internationally due to aflatoxin contamination in regionally produced grains. Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. To tackle this in Benin, the… Read More

Approved visa signals new era of Togolese textile and apparel exports under AGOA

Last week, Togolese government officials approved Togo’s textile visa—a necessary step for Togo’s textile and apparel industry to begin exporting to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Since February, the Trade Hub has worked with Togolese officials to develop a national textile visa, with additional support from the U.S. Embassy in… Read More

Benin becomes fourth West African country to drop trade barrier at Hub’s urging

In direct violation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), the certificate of origin (COO) requirement hinders the free movement of agricultural goods across West African borders. The Trade Hub’s direct advocacy efforts have helped eliminate this requirement in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and now, Benin. This month, the Government of Benin agreed to… Read More

AGOA training looks to drive increase in Nigerian AGOA agriculture and apparel exports

On December 15 and 16, the Trade Hub in cooperation with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) organized a two day workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. The training sessions aimed to build the capacity of regional officers, Nigerian customs officials, Nigeria Export and Import Bank’s export desk staff, and logistics personnel of shipping companies on AGOA… Read More

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