USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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Alfie Designs speeds up expansion following Trade Hub technical assistance

Following a series of interventions and technical assistance to Ghanaian apparel manufacturer Alfie Designs (Alfie), officials from USAID and the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub paid a visit September 7 to the factory. There, they learned of changes the company is implementing to meet increased demand and begin exporting to the U.S. under the… Read More

After show, intensive follow-up on improvements for Nigerian apparel producers

To maximize a Nigerian delegation’s recent participation at high-profile U.S. trade shows, the Trade Hub spent two weeks with exhibitors in Nigeria to guide them on following up on more than 100 total leads and needed improvements to meet buyer specifications. Seven Nigerian companies—the largest West African contingent by far—exhibited at Sourcing at MAGIC and… Read More

Hub delivers AGOA visa stamp to Nigerian customs, clearing hurdle for duty-free textile exports

Seven Nigerian apparel companies generated buzz and more than 100 leads from potential buyers and sourcing agents during the MAGIC apparel trade show in the U.S. this August, building on support from the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Buyers said they were impressed with the designs… Read More

AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills… Read More

Benin prepares for duty-free apparel exports to the U.S.

Benin took the necessary steps toward duty-free exporting for clothing with an August 29 training of senior customs officials in standard operating systems of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In June, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Specialist Mr. Kara Diallo trained officials on AGOA and afterward urged the customs administration and the Ministry… Read More

Third “Operation Tabaski” generates $5.8 million of sheep sales in Benin

In Benin, four new livestock markets in smaller towns generated $5.8 million in sales for regional livestock farmers and traders during a 10-day Muslim holiday period. The Trade Hub’s third annual “Operation Tabaski” opened markets in Djougou, Bohicon, Abomey, Parakou—inland cities with better security and shorter travel times for rural customers than traditional sales sites… Read More

Cereals traders in Ghana’s Central Region learn lessons in contracting in last cascade training

For more than 40 years, Ms. Grace Attah, like many Ghanaian cereal traders, has transacted business orally and totally based on trust. But after attending the last in a series of cascade trainings in Ghana on best contracting practices for cereals, she says she is ready to apply new skills in her business. Ms. Attah… Read More

ETLS scorecard development moves forward, looks to accelerate intra-regional trade

On August 28, Trade Hub staff met with representatives from the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders at Trade Hub offices in Accra to move forward with the development of the ETLS Scorecard.  Since November 2016, the Trade Hub has been collaborating with the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) Project to create a simple but effective… Read More

Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” [Dare, O’sey!] said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory… Read More

Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS… Read More

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