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

AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills… Read More

Benin prepares for duty-free apparel exports to the U.S.

Benin took the necessary steps toward duty-free exporting for clothing with an August 29 training of senior customs officials in standard operating systems of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In June, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Specialist Mr. Kara Diallo trained officials on AGOA and afterward urged the customs administration and the Ministry… Read More

Third “Operation Tabaski” generates $5.8 million of sheep sales in Benin

In Benin, four new livestock markets in smaller towns generated $5.8 million in sales for regional livestock farmers and traders during a 10-day Muslim holiday period. The Trade Hub’s third annual “Operation Tabaski” opened markets in Djougou, Bohicon, Abomey, Parakou—inland cities with better security and shorter travel times for rural customers than traditional sales sites… Read More

Cereals traders in Ghana’s Central Region learn lessons in contracting in last cascade training

For more than 40 years, Ms. Grace Attah, like many Ghanaian cereal traders, has transacted business orally and totally based on trust. But after attending the last in a series of cascade trainings in Ghana on best contracting practices for cereals, she says she is ready to apply new skills in her business. Ms. Attah… Read More

ETLS scorecard development moves forward, looks to accelerate intra-regional trade

On August 28, Trade Hub staff met with representatives from the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders at Trade Hub offices in Accra to move forward with the development of the ETLS Scorecard.  Since November 2016, the Trade Hub has been collaborating with the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) Project to create a simple but effective… Read More

Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” [Dare, O’sey!] said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory… Read More

Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS… Read More

On road to certification, Trade Hub organizes first-aid training for Ghanaian mango farmers

Four mango farmers’ associations in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Volta regions trained in safety measures, including basic first aid and how to handle emergencies—a requirement for GlobalG.A.P. certification. The Trade Hub contracted the Ghana Red Cross Society, a GlobalG.A.P-accredited institution, to conduct 4 separate, two-day first aid trainings for 62 farmers from August 8-18.… Read More

Entrepreneur advises Ivorian business owners on reaching U.S. markets

A market linkage session organized by the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire—with support from the Trade Hub and Côte d’Ivoire’s Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI)—guided companies through opportunities that exist and the standards required to export to the U.S., including under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Under the U.S. Embassy’s Target of Opportunity program,… Read More

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