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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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IT equipment supports data collection by Burkinabe mango farmer’s association

On October 14, the Trade Hub delivered information technology (IT) equipment and office furniture worth $6,370 to Association Professionnelle Mangue du Burkina Faso (APROMA-B), a mango farmer’s association in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. This grant, designed to support APROMA-B’s data collection and administrative work, is one of several Trade Hub interventions in mango, including cascade… Read More

Trade Hub takes the AGOA message to Chad

Chadian business leaders and government officials learned at an October 12 workshop about the potential of the U.S. market for their country’s productsespecially if exported through the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). More than 35 attended “AGOA and Export Opportunities for Chadian Enterprises,” including exporters and representatives from customs, the country’s export promotion… Read More

Successful mango farming: Lessons from Trade Hub-assisted association

A USAID team learned best practices in mango farming and harvesting during an October 19 visit to the Yilo-Krobo Mango Farmers’ Association (YKMFA), one of several West African mango producer organizations that have parlayed Trade Hub investments into more exportable mangoes and high-quality mangoes for processing. USAID and the Trade Hub accompanied Cecilia Paredes, communications… Read More

Ivorians air needs and challenges in exporting apparel under AGOA National Strategy

More than 80 public and private stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire’s apparel industry gathered for an in-depth discussion to support the development of the country’s AGOA national strategy. The October 18-19 workshop, organized by the Trade Hub, the Ministry of Trade, and the African Development Bank (AfDB), explained how the Ivorian apparel industry can reap the… Read More

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

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