Trade Hub-ProFAB team advance ETLS scorecard development

At the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Trade Hub and the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) program are developing a framework for a scorecard for member states to evaluate their own progress in implementing the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). From July 17-19, a proposal writing team—consisting of the Hub’s… Read More

AGOA outreach series travels to the Central African Republic

T hirteen years after losing eligibility under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Central African Republic (CAR) was the site of a two-day workshop on the preferential trade agreement. The CAR has regained its eligibility for AGOA and is priming itself to take advantage of its benefits. Hosted by the Trade Hub,… Read More

Mango Week in Ghana celebrates “Mango: Ghana’s green gold”

The Trade Hub in collaboration with the Federation of the Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE), German Cooperation (Deutsche Zusammenarbett) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is pleased  to announce  that “Ghana Mango Week” with the theme “Mango, Ghana’s green gold: Growing for food and creating jobs” will be held from July 27-29  in… Read More

AGOA sensitization workshop expands into Sierra Leone, addressing challenges amid new opportunities

From July 10-12, more than 100 members of the business community, including exporters and foreign investors, as well as government and customs officials attended a workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA),… Read More

Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan

During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. As uncovered in an earlier Trade Hub report, agro-industries like breweries and animal feed processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo buy… Read More

Bridging apparel export gaps in Nigeria, following Trade Hub sector assessment

From July 5-7, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) brought together about 40 Nigerian apparel stakeholders to learn how to expand and enter international markets, particularly the U.S. market through the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) – an  important challenge for Nigerian apparel factories, as identified in a 2016 Trade… Read More

Cereals associations take Trade Hub lessons in contracting to local workshops in Ghana

Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association. Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role… Read More

Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso

Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. These thirty participants are AWEP’s focal points in Burkina Faso’s 13 regions and are expected to… Read More

Stop missing AGOA opportunities, Trade Hub tells Togo ministers and exporters

In 2015, Togo exported $14,211,000 worth of goods to the U.S. Only about 10 percent—$146,000—were exported under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives duties on thousands of goods from eligible African countries. “In the same year, some AGOA-eligible products—including handbags, baskets and vegetables—were not exported… Read More

Trade Hub workshop in Benin addresses aflatoxin contamination in cereal sourcing

Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder West Africa’s regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. A recent Trade Hub four-country study on cereals sourcing for the agro-industrial sector in West Africa revealed that most buyers import from outside the region… Read More

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