FY17 Annual Report

During FY17, the project continued to work with a large number of stakeholders in an ever-changing environment. We worked in almost all West African countries, with a concentration of activities in nine: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. Open PDF

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

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

Impact of Administrative Barriers on Time and Cost to Trade in West Africa – August 2017

This study recommends next steps to end officials’ practice of requiring traders to obtain certificates that are not officially required. It includes a scorecard, educational campaigns, operational changes, and suggested incentives and sanctions. Open PDF

USAID-funded training to double jobs at West Africa’s largest apparel factory

With speeches and fanfare, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the country’s U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion (GAME) project on August 14, 2017. This new apparel project is expected to create 1,187 new jobs at Dignity Do The Right Thing in Accra and will double the company’s workforce.… Read More

Ghanaian cereals processor can market more, thanks to Trade Hub-facilitated loan

Ghanaian cereal processing and marketing firm AgriAccess Ghana Limited secured a loan of GHC 650,000 (US$150,000) to supply larger quantities of grain to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, its biggest client. “The demand for our company’s products grows by the day, and our current capacity does not enable it meet this demand,” said Mr. Anthony T.… Read More

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