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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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The Trade Hub’s new AGOA specialist draws on prior experiences in AGOA and regional trade

USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub welcomes Mr. Kara Diallo as a new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist. Mr. Diallo will be based in the Trade Hub office in Dakar, Senegal and will coordinate and support the activities of all AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs) in West Africa. This includes managing Trade… Read More

Trade Hub prepares data collectors for Operation Tabaski 2016

Working with the regional livestock federation and its national federations in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub is continuing preparations for Operation Tabaski 2016, which will help Sahelian traders reach new markets in Cote d’Ivoire. The operation involves strengthening collaboration among the three national federations, building their capacity to provide services to… Read More

Côte d’Ivoire launches process to create national AGOA strategy

Cote d’Ivoire’s chief of external trade presided over an August 19 meeting to launch formulation of a national strategy to boost exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The high-level discussion at the Ministry of Commerce—attended by USAID/Cote d’Ivoire, the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub, and the African Development Bank—signals the… Read More

Trade Hub signs agreement to help two Ivorian mango organizations boost exports

Quality is the primary constraint to increasing West African mango exports. Overseas markets demand high-quality, fruit fly-free fruit, posing challenges throughout the value chain, from production to harvesting, post-harvest handling, packing, and shipping. For those able to meet these demands, however, export-quality mangoes can fetch up to three times more than mangos sold in local… Read More

Ghanaian apparel manufacturer ramps up production for international clients

Just having launched its “Made in Africa” line for export under AGOA to Brooklyn Industries in the U.S., Ghana-based KAD Manufacturing is working on its next major order: producing 2,000 pieces of clothing—including shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses—for a prominent Australian brand. At a Trade Hub factory visit on August 16, KAD Manufacturing founder Mrs.… Read More

WAGN to new trainers: “You are now our ambassadors!”

Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that… Read More

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

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