Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its… Read More

Expanding the pool of quality-certified Ivorian mango enterprises

During the first two months of 2017, 100 Ivorian mango producers and exporters have taken first steps to meet international standards in social management systems that provide decent working conditions, ensure food quality and boost their export sales volumes. Certification is vital to meeting international market demand for the tropical fruit—especially from the European Union,… Read More

Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, and Southern Africa Trade and… Read More

Ghanaian apparel firms tie business growth to social responsibility

USAID officials got a first-row view of two apparel firms that the Trade Hub is assisting to expand operations, generate jobs and grow exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On Feb. 8, Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, toured KAD Manufacturing (KAD) and Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), two… Read More

In Guinea-Bissau, exporters lay groundwork for national AGOA strategy

In the capital of Guinea-Bissau, participants at a Trade Hub workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) developed a series of recommendations about how a national AGOA strategy should be developed. Co-hosted with the Global Fairness Initiative, a U.S.-based organization, the Feb. 15-16, 2017 workshop attracted 40 operators in cashew, handicrafts, mango… Read More

Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading… Read More

Lights, camera: West African apparel!

As West African clothing takes the spotlight this week at the Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, visitors will be able to watch a new video showcasing the region’s advantages. As explained by USAID, the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and apparel companies themselves, the “West Africa Advantage” offers: duty-free exporting to the U.S. with 30%… Read More

Ghana customs officers trained in AGOA export documentation

International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking,… Read More

Juice consultant advises Ghanaian fruit and juice businesses

In Ghana, the Trade Hub hosted a roundtable discussion on February 3 for Ghanaian fruit and juice exporters, commercial farms, and mango producer associations to meet with Mr. Jim Perz, managing director of U.S.-based consulting firm Global Juice Resources on requirements for exporting fresh fruit and juice to the U.S. Mr. Perz told the participants… Read More

Preparing for Mango Symposium in northern Côte d’Ivoire

To lay groundwork for Côte d’Ivoire’s first Mango Symposium, the Trade Hub met Jan. 29-Feb. 3 with 15 exporters, local government and research institutes in Korhogo, the northern city that will host the event in April. Under the theme, ““Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub is… Read More

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