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USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub

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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

Investment fund invests $3.5 million in leading fresh fruit exporter

The West African impact investment fund Injaro, through its Ghanaian subsidiary, has signed a $3.5 million investment agreement with Gold Coast Fruits Limited, a Ghanaian producer that exports pineapples and other fruits to North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The Trade Hub helped make this investment possible by funding part of Injaro’s business development… Read More

First regional livestock fair successful despite obstacles

Niger’s delegation, delayed by robbers and severe road harassment, arrived late to the Salon International Bétail-Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (SIBVAO) 2016, West Africa’s first livestock trade show. The 44-member delegation arrived on Saturday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, having shepherded more than 1,000 heads of livestock across the region, instantly doubling the number of animals… Read More

The Trade Hub’s new AGOA specialist draws on prior experiences in AGOA and regional trade

USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub welcomes Mr. Kara Diallo as a new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist. Mr. Diallo will be based in the Trade Hub office in Dakar, Senegal and will coordinate and support the activities of all AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs) in West Africa. This includes managing Trade… Read More

Trade Hub prepares data collectors for Operation Tabaski 2016

Working with the regional livestock federation and its national federations in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub is continuing preparations for Operation Tabaski 2016, which will help Sahelian traders reach new markets in Cote d’Ivoire. The operation involves strengthening collaboration among the three national federations, building their capacity to provide services to… Read More

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