USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

Ghana’s newly inaugurated Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) partners with government to develop apparel exports

“If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 [apparel association members] each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel… Read More

Ivoirians and Ghanaians learn AGOA customs procedures

Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African… Read More

Guinea workshops teach procedures for exports, AGOA visas, and trade shows

In the Guinean capital of Conakry, events co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Artisanat de Guinée (CCIAG) explained new U.S. export requirements, trade shows, and transaction management. Attendees of the events on October 27 and 31—the majority of whom were women—work in Guinean value chains such as palm oil,… Read More

Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

The Ivorian Ministry of Commerce — in collaboration with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (Trade Hub) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) — launched an AGOA National Strategy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, October 30 in Abidjan. The document was formulated based on priority sectors such as the clothing and… Read More

In Nigeria, apparel and leather producers learn best practices for exports

The Trade Hub offered nine Nigerian companies an extensive step-by-step workshop for exporting goods to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act at a two-day apparel and leather training in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos. Led by Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor, the Trade Hub’s Apparel Value Chain Specialist, and organized by the Nigerian-American Chamber… Read More

Trade Hub workshop in Togo responds to apparel producer concerns

The Trade Hub hosted a one-day capacity-building workshop for Togolese apparel producers on October 19, creating a platform to learn about the global apparel industry. The workshop attracted 40 participants—primarily members of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State—and addressed concerns gathered from previous Trade Hub visits to apparel producers… Read More

Trade Hub workshop guides producers in western Ghana navigating AGOA

In the port city of Takoradi, a Trade Hub workshop connected apparel and textile producers, agribusiness processors, fresh agriculture producers, and cocoa processing operators in Ghana’s Western Region with information to help them understand and benefit from the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana,… Read More

ECOWAS study on trade corridors offers holistic approach to resolving regional trade barriers

About 70 delegates — comprising government and private sector subject matter experts from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), officials of the ECOWAS Commission, the UEMOA Commission, regional organizations and development partners — met in Abidjan on October 30 and 31 to review and validate the draft final report on… Read More

Live from Abidjan, the Trade Hub goes on air with Country Director Lotfi Kourdali

During a live radio interview on October 18, the Trade Hub’s Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire highlighted the results of its work with Ivorian agricultural and textile entrepreneurs. “Thanks to our collaboration with institutional partners and national and regional organizations in the different sectors we cover—apparel, livestock, mango, cereals—we have been able to exceed our… Read More

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