Promoting access to finance for West African cashew processors

The Trade Hub is promoting large cashew factories to large financial institutions. To date, the nascent larger cashew processors are having difficulties in finding local banks to provide adequate working capital facility loans to purchase raw cashew nuts and cover their operational cost.  For example, a local bank could loan $1million, another $2 million, when… Read More

Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

Trade Hub experts, from June 7 to 11, reviewed packaging and export requirements of Togolese firms seeking to expand sales within West Africa and abroad. Drs. Thomas Butterworth and Kenneth Marsh, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, met in Togo with lead firms in the fresh and processed pineapple and mango… Read More

Trade Hub closing the AGOA and Customs knowledge gap for Ghana exporters

Greg Kankoh, CEO of Nallem Clothing, is very familiar with Trade Hub workshops, having benefitted from many of these trainings over the years as a Trade Hub partner firm and president of the Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM). On June 22, he attended a presentation on “Classification and export documentation in textile and wearing… Read More

Nuts-and-bolts organizational training for Borderless, RESIMAO

Following a 2016 organizational capacity assessment of its trade and transport partner, the Trade Hub organized a three-day training on project management and proposal development for Borderless Alliance, May 30-June 2. Ms. Carol Yee, a Trade Hub consultant, took Borderless officials through project start-up, mobilization plan, sub-contract management, field office operations, and contingency planning.  Other… Read More

New trade focus presented at GLEE exchange in Senegal

Value Chain Lead, William Noble, presented the Trade Hub’s work and accomplishments in regional trade and food security at the Market Systems Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) meetings organized by the USAID Bureau for Food Security in Dakar, Senegal June 4-8, 2017. Mr. Noble shared conclusions and recommendations from the recent Trade Africa meetings… Read More

Local start-up receives cost-saving lessons from packaging experts

Moringa Connect, a Ghanaian-American start-up, processes the Moringa plant into food products and cosmetic items for export and local consumption. On June 13, the firm hosted two Trade Hub consultants, who conducted a detailed assessment of its containers and packaging and offered cost-saving recommendations for improved packaging to meet international standards and preserve the quality… Read More

Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor… Read More

Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services… Read More

Trade Hub packaging experts advise Ghanaian entrepreneurs, companies

Mr. Kofi Essuman is chairman of the management board of GS1 Ghana, a company that provides packaging and labelling solutions to Ghanaian small and medium enterprises. “Our solutions are tailored to packaging needs of the local and West African regional markets,” Mr. Essuman said. But after a June 7 packaging workshop hosted by USAID’s West… Read More

Côte d’Ivoire validates its AGOA strategy with government and exporters

Côte d’Ivoire moved closer to boosting its exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with a June 1 Validation Workshop of its AGOA National Strategy, hosted in Abidjan by the Trade Hub and its institutional partners, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Ivorian Ministry of Commerce. The event was chaired by… Read More

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