Business relationship lifts Ivorian cashew farmer incomes

In northern Côte d’Ivoire, M’bengue’s bountiful cashew harvests have made it a strategic production center for the Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue (SCAK), which buys raw cashews from 1,400 producers spread over 3,000 hectares there and in surrounding villages. One of them, Kassinibin Coulibaly, started cultivating cashew rather than cotton almost 20 years ago. Since… Read More

Trade Hub- supported $1.8 million loan funds factory expansion for Ivorian apparel company

O’sey is Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. It is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government -through the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub – as the company expands capacity and hires unemployed youth. The Trade Hub has been providing business advisory services to O’sey through the Hub’s Financial Advisor,… Read More

Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

Ivoirians and Ghanaians learn AGOA customs procedures

Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African… Read More

Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

The Ivorian Ministry of Commerce — in collaboration with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (Trade Hub) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) — launched an AGOA National Strategy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, October 30 in Abidjan. The document was formulated based on priority sectors such as the clothing and… Read More

ECOWAS study on trade corridors offers holistic approach to resolving regional trade barriers

About 70 delegates — comprising government and private sector subject matter experts from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), officials of the ECOWAS Commission, the UEMOA Commission, regional organizations and development partners — met in Abidjan on October 30 and 31 to review and validate the draft final report on… Read More

Live from Abidjan, the Trade Hub goes on air with Country Director Lotfi Kourdali

During a live radio interview on October 18, the Trade Hub’s Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire highlighted the results of its work with Ivorian agricultural and textile entrepreneurs. “Thanks to our collaboration with institutional partners and national and regional organizations in the different sectors we cover—apparel, livestock, mango, cereals—we have been able to exceed our… 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

On mango mission, Ivorian producers learn best practices from Ghana-based processors

Thirteen Ivorian mango producers learned best practices in mango processing from three Ghana-based companies, during an October 9-12 field mission organized by the Trade Hub and the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations en Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI). Mr. Euloge Camara, Coordinator of the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Côte d’Ivoire, and Mr. Daouda Diomande, the… Read More

Organizational support for Ivorian shea organization bears fruit

The Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) utilized Trade Hub lessons to develop its membership network and diversify its sources of funding. Represented by the University of Korhogo, FIKA-CI and other shea sector actors obtained funding from the Fonds Compétitif pour l’Innovation Agricole Durable (FCIAD) to improve shea fruit production with assisted natural regeneration and… Read More

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