This section of the page explains how USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.
If you visit our site to read or download information, such as country information or information about one of our programs:
We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or iowa.edu if you are connecting from the University of Iowa’s domain); the date and time you access our site, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our web site.
We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our web site more useful to visitors.
This gathering and storing of information is separate from the activity described as monitoring in our Security Notice.
The information gathered is used for two purposes: site management and, in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, for law enforcement and possible criminal prosecution (see Security Notice).
If you identify yourself by sending us a comment using our contact page or an E-mail:
You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message asking a question or providing us with a comment or suggestion. We use personally-identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other U.S. government agencies or departments if they are in the best position to respond to your message.
We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.
Cookies and other information stored on your computer
In general, this site does NOT use the “cookies” that some Web sites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites.
Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords, which some Web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive-not on the Web site’s server. Whenever you visit a “cookie” site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser’s directory or folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).
For SITE SECURITY purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.”
Information presented on this Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub be cited as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this site and that any photo credits or by-lines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.
While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content is next updated.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The documents posted on this Web site may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for visitors’ convenience. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to Web sites other than a USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub -managed Web site is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise.
Reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site’s visitor’s, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub .
The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government or the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub , and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.
Disclaimer of Liability
Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this Web site.
With respect to the content of this site, neither the United States Government, nor USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub , nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to content available from this USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Web site or other Internet resources linked from it. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.
Links to this Web Site or Its Contents
You may freely link to this Web site or any of its content. We ask only that you identify that the link is to a Internet resource.
Links to Other Sites
Our Web site has links to other United States Government agencies and to private organizations, who we believe are relevant to our agency’s mission. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.
Unless a copyright is indicated, information on this Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s (WATIH) permission. We request that USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits or by-lines be similarly credited to the photographer or author or USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub , as appropriate.
If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.
This copyright notice does not pertain to information at Web sites other than this Web site.
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030). [See Security Notice]
Abt Associates, Inc. manages the overall information content, design, and, organization of this Web site.
Verification of Hard Copy Content
If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on this USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project Web site, please contact our staff.