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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 promotes AGOA awareness and the importance of engaging financial advisers to access finance in Nigeria

The Trade Hub participated in a three-day SME financing conference and matchmaking exhibition, “Financing Non-oil Export Businesses and Franchises,” organized by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, October 5-7, 2016. The conference brought together over 500 participants including representatives from 50 SMEs and investors. The Trade Hub’s… Read More

Hub-supported AGOA workshop: Getting costs right, building relationships with buyers

More than 30 Ghanaian apparel manufacturers participated in a technical workshop organized by Ghana’s AGOA Trade Resource Center with Trade Hub support on October 12 in Accra. This workshop, the latest in a series designed to familiarize export-ready companies with requirements under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act, explained factors to consider when costing… Read More

Visit to Dignity/DTRT demonstrates Trade Hub support for Ghana’s leading apparel exporter

Carol Adoum, the Trade Hub’s Chief of Party, met with Salma Salifu, the Managing Director of Dignity/DTRT Limited, for a tour of its factory in Accra, Ghana on October 7, 2016. Dignity/DTRT is a U.S.-Ghana joint venture that produces a wide range of apparel products. Its rapidly growing export base, coupled with its reputation for… 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

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

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 of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for demanding a bribe—violates the ECOWAS… 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

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