USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Getting the prices right: AGOA workshop in Abidjan teaches entrepreneurs accurate cost accounting

Fifteen representatives of small and medium businesses from the Ivorian agricultural sector attended a Nov. 23 workshop on setting prices by correctly accounting for costs. It was the latest in a series of Trade Hub-funded workshops to promote export-readiness, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) preferential trade agreement, hosted by Cote… Read More

Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext… Read More

With Hub support, Ghanaian Livestock Federation finalizes plans to promote benefits of membership

Following on from the decisions taken at COFENABVI regarding capacity building support to COFENABVI national associations, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, the Trade Hub Capacity Building Lead and Gender Specialist, met with the Executive Committee of GHAFLIP in Accra on November 23 to discuss the organizational status of the Federation and finalize plans for capacity building work. Nacoulma… Read More

Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities… Read More

Trade Hub experts outline best export practices and commodity standards for food companies

Ghanaian food companies targeting U.S. and European markets received specialized advice in export preparedness from Trade Hub experts during a Nov. 23 workshop hosted by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana. Mango Value Chain Specialist Pamela Okyere presented the Hub’s work to train mango farmers in best practices for farm management, harvesting… Read More

Ghanaian apparel maker’s first sea shipment bound for Australia

KAD Manufacturing’s first sea shipment left Ghana in November, headed for Jeanswest, an Australian apparel retailer. The shipment was facilitated by the Trade Hub’s partner, Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), a U.K. based sourcing firm that delivers technical support to promising West African apparel companies like KAD. “This shipment marks a big step forward for KAD’s… Read More

Hub-sponsored workshop lends strong input to Côte d’Ivoire’s AGOA National Strategy

From November 23-24, the Trade Hub hosted the second AGOA National Strategy workshop, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade of Côte d’Ivoire and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The event gathered more than 83 public and private sector stakeholders in Abidjan with the objective to determine technical measures to develop high-quality and competitive products… Read More

Equipment provided through USAID grant supports communication and training mission of Côte d’Ivoire AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC)

On November 18, the Trade Hub organized a handover ceremony to deliver projection equipment to the Côte d’Ivoire AGOA Resource Center. The equipment is part of the $21,300 grant awarded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project, and will support the ATRC’s provision of… Read More

Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

As part of its Gender Access to Finance Strategy, the Trade Hub is working with women cereals processors in Burkina Faso to access streams of financing to grow their businesses. From November 7-19, the Hub’s Business Development Specialist, Kafui Djonou, met with these women in Ouagadougou and Bobo to assess how these loans have impacted… Read More

Ivorian cereals processors have high potential, but lack necessary capital to grow

Kokou Zotoglo, the Hub’s Cereal Value Chain Specialist, traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in early November to continue his assessment of the capability of lead cereals processing firms in Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire to source grains from cereals wholesalers in both the country and region. By traveling to these countries, Zotoglo aimed to promote commercial… Read More

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