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

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

Trade Hub finds new mango source for Ghanaian exporter—in Côte d’Ivoire

HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in… Read More

Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and… Read More

First Trade Hub webinar livestreams customs training to three West African nations

About 60 exporters in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria received customs and regulations training via a Trade Hub webinar on February 1. The pilot effort used YouTube Live to stream a presentation from visiting customs expert Jan Forest on the practicalities of using the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export duty-free. Ms. Forest… 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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