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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Trade Hub efforts bear fruit as Certificate of Origin requirement dropped in Togo

Advocacy Steps for Removal of Certificate of Origin ( Click image to enlarge ) The Trade Hub’s efforts to ease regional agricultural trade received a major boost in mid-October when Togolese authorities issued a circular to make it illegal to ask for a certificate of origin for agricultural commodities at the country’s borders. Demanding certificates… Read More

WRAP certification awareness paves way for West African apparel exporters to be globally competitive

Many international apparel retailers require their sourcing manufacturers have Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification, which demonstrates a company’s commitment to socially and environmentally ethical standards. However, a rapid Trade Hub assessment found no West African garment and textile exporter has this certification—and at least one Hub-supported firm lost a potential order in 2016 because it… Read More

The Trade Hub visits Ghanaian customs officials for insight into effective AGOA exporting

On October 4-5, Trade Hub staff working on apparel exports under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) visited customs officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority in two major Ghanaian export hubs: Accra Airport and Tema Port. For apparel exports under AGOA, manufacturers ship samples and smaller shipments to the U.S. from the airport, while… Read More

New business skills mean new equipment and expansion for Ghanaian cereals processor

In April 2016, USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub organized an agribusiness management and entrepreneurship workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to train 21 female cereal processors from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo in good business management practices. In West Africa, women entrepreneurs often lack negotiation and business management skills. The Trade Hub… Read More

With Trade Hub support, RESIMAO continues to build its organizational capacity

From September 26-30, representatives from ten RESIMAO member countries met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their objective was to ratify RESIMAO’s procedures manual and three-year communications plan, developed in collaboration with the Trade Hub. RESIMAO, the regional market information system organization, collects commodity-related pricing data on a weekly basis from members in 12 West African countries… Read More

Trade Hub launches Capacity Building program for the Senegalese National Sub-Committee on Trade Facilitation

At a two-day seminar in Dakar, Senegal, the Trade Hub partnered with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) to launch a capacity building program for Sous-Comité National sur la Facilitation des Echanges (SCNFE), the Senegalese national sub-committee on trade facilitation. In April 2016, the Trade Hub… Read More

Trade Hub Specialist demystifies AGOA’s customs and export documentation

Mohamed Abou-iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) Specialist, presented at a September 28th workshop, “Customs and Export Documentation to Take Advantage of AGOA.” Co-hosted with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Trade Hub-led workshop was part of a series designed to familiarize export-ready companies with AGOA requirements and… Read More

New Trade Hub Chief of Party visits Ghanaian apparel factories to promote WRAP workshop

Carol Adoum, the Trade Hub’s new Chief of Party, visited KAD Manufacturing, Anowah Afrique, and Precious Textiles in Greater Accra on September 29 and 30, together with Mohamed Abou-iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist, Emmanuel Odonkor, Apparel Specialist, and Rebecca Weaver, the Hub’s Strategic Communication Specialist. The Trade Hub… Read More

Trade Hub documentation workshop enables livestock traders to save on cross-border transport

When Kouraogo Momouni began transporting racehorses across the Ghana-Upper Volta border with his uncles in 1960, things were much different. Then only 12 years old, he had thought that selling racehorses at the Accra Polo grounds would be his lifelong vocation. Soon, people began requesting other animals, and his family’s racehorse business expanded to make… Read More

Report: Beyond AGOA – Looking to the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment, September 2016

On January 28, 2016, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) held a hearing on policy recommendations for deepening the U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationship.  In September 2016, the USTR released its report: Beyond AGOA – Looking to the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment, September 2016. “The question now is not whether… Read More

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