Ghana’s newly inaugurated Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) partners with government to develop apparel exports

“If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 [apparel association members] each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel… Read More

In Nigeria, apparel and leather producers learn best practices for exports

The Trade Hub offered nine Nigerian companies an extensive step-by-step workshop for exporting goods to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act at a two-day apparel and leather training in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos. Led by Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor, the Trade Hub’s Apparel Value Chain Specialist, and organized by the Nigerian-American Chamber… Read More

Trade Hub workshop in Togo responds to apparel producer concerns

The Trade Hub hosted a one-day capacity-building workshop for Togolese apparel producers on October 19, creating a platform to learn about the global apparel industry. The workshop attracted 40 participants—primarily members of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State—and addressed concerns gathered from previous Trade Hub visits to apparel producers… Read More

With Ghanaian consultant, O’sey Collection plans new men’s shirt product lines

A Ghanaian fashion technologist spent much of October building staff skills and capacity in cutting and sampling at Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. Ms. Mabel Dede Doe, contracted by the Trade Hub, was so popular that O’sey Textiles shared the cost for her to stay an additional week. “The sampling and cutting are a crucial… Read More

Ivorian ATRC hosts training in color fixing for traditional weavers and textile companies

Six years ago, Mrs. Chantale Guiraud, CEO of the Ivorian weaving company Kehanon, sent samples of her cloth to American wholesalers after their scoping mission in Cote d’Ivoire. But the samples she sent to the U.S. failed the quality test: colors were bleeding in the wash and some cloths were fraying. “It was a disappointment… Read More

AGAM sets up secretariat with Trade Hub assistance

The Trade Hub has donated office furniture and equipment worth 23,400 cedis (approximately $5,300) to the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) as part of a grant agreement signed this July. AGAM will use the items to run its newly established secretariat, located in the Adjabeng Free Zone enclave in Accra, which was set up… Read More

Burkinabé officials agree on steps to make AGOA textile visa operational

Burkina Faso became eligible to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in December 2004, and eligible to export textiles under AGOA in August 2006. One of the AGOA requirements for textiles benefits concerns the establishment of an AGOA visa system for the export of apparel and textile products to the United States.… Read More

U.S. Ambassador to Benin applauds country’s first apparel export under AGOA

With speeches and a tour of one of Benin’s leading apparel factories, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn (pictured second from right) applauded the shipment of 6,000 clergy shirts and 9,000 clergy collars to Hurley’s Religious Goods in the United States—made by Africa New Confection (ANC). “I congratulate Benin on the country’s first apparel AGOA shipment and ANC… Read More

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

Hub team advises Cross River State garment factory

In September, the Hub’s apparel specialist, Emmanuel Odonkor and a team from the Nigeria Export Promotion Council—toured the large Cross River State garment factory for an initial assessment. Opened in October 2016, the 6,000 sq. meter factory has 600 machines and a workforce of 1,000 employees running two shifts. The factory produces mainly for the… Read More

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