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

Trade Hub’s Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Lotfi Kourdali (left) outlining the results of the project’s work with the country’s agricultural and textile entrepreneurs during the radio interview. Photo credit: Ms. Jessie Lafourcade, Trade Hub.

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 results,” he said to the 20 young entrepreneurs attending the event. “The dynamism of Côte d’Ivoire’s economy should allow the country to position itself among the leaders in processing in West Africa and in sectors such as mango or cashew.”

The interview took center stage on Radio Yopougon’s “ARGUMENT” program. It was co-organized by the Andrew Young Center for Entrepreneurship and the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire, and was broadcast live on the Trade Hub’s Facebook page. The program will be rebroadcast by Radio Yopougon in the coming days.

Since 2014, the Trade Hub project has worked with West African companies and agribusinesses to improve their trade capacity, increase the value and volume of exports, and attract investment. The Trade Hub’s office for Côte d’Ivoire opened in in Abidjan in March 2016 to support activities under the Trade Africa Program. With partners from the government and the private sector, the Trade Hub focuses on building and strengthening the export capacity of Côte d’Ivoire’s private sector through activities that improve the efficiency of cross-border trade, including supporting the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, improving sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS), addressing technical barriers to trade, promoting trade, and attracting investment.

Click here for more information about the Trade Hub’s activities in Côte d’Ivoire.


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