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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Newly formed ETLS Task Force meets to plan high-level advocacy for tackling trade issues in West Africa

A task force constituted to fully implement West Africa’s free trade zone protocols held its first meeting in Ghana’s capital Accra, August 11-12, to discuss modalities and adopt a roadmap and action plan for its work. In the months leading up to the meeting, the Trade Hub and regional partners provided technical input to the… Read More

Two cashew enterprises in Côte d’Ivoire receive $6.26 million to increase processing capacity

Two cashew businesses in Côte d’Ivoire have benefited from the Trade Hub’s network of Financial Advisors earlier this year, receiving a total of US$6.26 million as working capital and investment for a new cashew-processing facility. This type of financing supports the Ivorian Government’s policy to promote increased cashew processing in-country, generating jobs and furthering investments.… Read More

Burkinabe traders explore Ivorian livestock market potential, plan logistics for Operation Tabaski 2016

With members of Burkina Faso’s National Livestock Federation, the Trade Hub traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in late July to meet with potential buyers in major Ivorian livestock markets and establish new commercial relationships in preparation for Operation Tabaski 2016. During this initiative, the Trade Hub is collaborating with Sahelian livestock federations for the upcoming Muslim… Read More

Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

In Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, 115 West African stakeholders (including 39 women) from nine countries participated in the fourth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The July 26-27 event in Abidjan offered a platform for producers and traders to negotiate costs, quantities, quality,… Read More

Access to finance programs opening more doors for women-owned businesses

In July, three more women-owned businesses in West Africa secured $49,167 in financing to expand their businesses, thanks to Trade Hub support and coordination with local organizations. The project’s two-tier finance and investment strategy works through a regional network of Financial Advisors for larger businesses and intensively in Burkina Faso with smaller female cereals processors… Read More

U.S. design brand features Ghanaian manufacturer in ‘Made in Africa’ collection

Brooklyn Industries—a New York-based design company with 16 retail stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Portland, Ore.—recently launched its “Made in Africa” line produced by Kad Manufacturing, a Trade Hub-supported apparel manufacturer in Ghana. Kad first received inquiries from Brooklyn in late 2015 and worked closely with the Trade Hub’s apparel partner, Ethical Apparel Africa… Read More

West African cereal traders converge in Abidjan for fourth regional exchange

One hundred West African cereals producers, traders, and other stakeholders will converge on Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, July 27-28, for the fourth regional cereals exchange. These forums— hosted by the Trade Hub, Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network—bring together buyers and sellers from across the region to identify new business linkages and other partnerships, negotiate… Read More

Ghanaian mango producers’ association first in country to acquire new Global G.A.P certification for export to EU and Middle East

Eighty farmers in the Yilo Krobo Mango Farmers Association are set to export an estimated 500mt of fresh fruit valued at $675,000 to international markets following the association’s acquisition of the Global G.A.P Option 2 Certification. Yilo Krobo is the only Ghanaian producers’ association certified this year under the new version 5 of Global G.A.P… Read More

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

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