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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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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. Excerpts from the Executive Summary “The… Read More

Trade Hub B2B bridges gap between Ivorian SMEs and Financial Institutions

In July 2015, the U.S and the Ivorian governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate transactions and trade in Cote d’Ivoire. To support this MoU, the Trade Hub through its Finance and Investment component has been working in collaboration with firms and financial institutions to increase the access of targeted sectors, including SMEs, to… Read More

Trade Hub builds capacity of Global Shea Alliance member FIKA-CI in Cote D’Ivoire

A key strategic object of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the regional capacity of partners. One example is the collaboration with the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) to promote its organizational sustainability and improve service delivery to its membership. The goal of this collaboration is to increase the amount of shea… Read More

Cabo Verde will open AGOA trade resource center to boost exports to the U.S.

Cabo Verde’s export promotion agency, TradeInvest, signed a letter of collaboration with the Trade Hub, establishing a cooperation framework to open and run an AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC) to promote exports, including to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Under this agreement, the Hub will provide advisory services to Cabo… Read More

High apparel quality and standards are vital to reach international brands, say Trade Hub and EAA

Social compliance to meet international standards is key to market penetration, 20 Ghanaian producers heard September 14 at a Trade Hub-led AGOA sensitization workshop in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was the second in a series hosted with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) to help Ghanaian companies understand exporting basics under the… Read More

More trade, better conditions at Operation Tabaski 2016

From September 1-12, Operation Tabaski 2016 helped move more than 80,000 animals from Mali and Burkina to secondary markets in Cote d’Ivoire, generating total sales estimated at $10.3 million. To leverage the high demand of Ivorian livestock markets during the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha or Tabaski, the Trade Hub collaborated with national and regional livestock… Read More

Deal with Coris Bank paves way for $17 million in loans to agro-processors

Through an agreement signed September 8 with Trade Hub, the regional Coris Bank group—with subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, and soon Benin and Senegal—will award up to $17 million in loans for business expansion of small and medium processors and exporters working in cereals, cashew, shea, and other value chains. The Trade… Read More

With government support and Trade Hub-supported training, Ivorian food exporters to attend U.S. expo

Ivorian food processors—headed to a U.S. food and beverage expo—attended a September 8 seminar on trade show preparation at the country’s AGOA Trade Resource Center, which promotes exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with Trade Hub support. Hosted by the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations en Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI) under… Read More

Trade Hub launches capacity-building program for trade facilitation committee in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire’s nascent National Trade Facilitation Committee (NFTC) received practical guidance to understand and fully activate provisions of the recently ratified Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at a September 8-9 meeting organized by the Trade Hub, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Trade Center. At the meeting, 43 public and private… Read More

KAD Manufacturing clears AGOA shipment with Trade Hub assistance

A Ghanaian apparel producer successfully cleared a major shipment to the United States under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in August, thanks to Trade Hub efforts to solve a last-minute problem with U.S. Customs. When the $20,000 shipment of women’s dresses bound for California first arrived in the U.S., customs held it due to… Read More

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