Finance and Investment

To bridge West Africa’s supply-demand gap in finance for agricultural and export-ready goods, the Trade Hub facilitates connections and builds the capacity of businesses, financial institutions, and strategic partners. Our activities include:

Identifying an investment pipeline for businesses. By country and by value chain, the Trade Hub maps the financing needs of qualified firms and matches them with potential financing sources.

Partnering with financial institutions. Starting with countries in the investment pipeline, the Trade Hub is establishing long-term partnerships with regional banks, local financial institutions, social impact funds, and investors. We build our financial partners’ understanding of the market potential of export-ready and agribusiness companies; in turn, these partners help us secure financing and investment for these firms.

Generating deals through financial intermediaries. A regional network of financial advisors, trained by the Trade Hub, provides consulting services to businesses and helps them obtain finance, working through our network of financial institution partners to link businesses with sources of investment and bring deals to closure. We currently have 28 financial advisors in eight countries.

Strengthening the financial skills of partner organizations. By building partner organizations’ financial acumen, the Trade Hub helps them improve their creditworthiness. We also help them develop capacity in areas such as service delivery to members, which expands and bolsters their membership base.

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Trade Hub Financial Advisors

Benin

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
Finance Plus: Guy Menan, , +225 2243 1607
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , + 226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Perform Strategy: Credo Mensah-Dzraku, , +228 9890 8070
VA Investment: Vincent Akue, , +233 242 551 529
AMILCO:Christian Aila Adeogou, ,+229 6566 9085

Burkina Faso

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
Agrigrowth Management: Abdoul Nasser Zongo, , +226 7642 7105
ICDE: Félicité Traoré, , +226 7029 1998
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862

Cote d’Ivoire

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202
AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
CFS: Jean Guy Biley, +225 0701 8814
EM Consulting: Emmanuel Diabaté, , +225 2001 1020
Finance Plus: Guy Menan, , +225 2243 1607
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Perform Strategy: Credo Mensah-Dzraku, , +228 9890 8070
Sigma: Guillaume Liby, , +225 0719 7419

Ghana

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
DAB Consult Ghana Ltd.: Windfred Torgby, , +233 204 751 842
Growth Mosaic: Wayne Miranda, , +233 302 902 270
IESO Agribusiness: Francis Osei, , +233 208 508 800
IFSL: Geraldo MacJohn, , +233 241 903 256
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Solutions Consulting: Solomon B. Quaye, , +233 208 141 985
TMI consult: Sydney Casely-Hayford, , +233 548 762 706
VA Investment: Vincent Akue, , +233 242 551 529

Mali

ADG Consulting: Moctar Traoré, , +223 7645 4084
7 Consult: Garibou Yalcouyé, , +223 6659 3182

Niger

Africana Finances: Yacouba Romba, , +226 7820 1166, +225 5412 2202

Nigeria

Gapris Consults: Gabriel Etim Umoren, , +234 803 595 7060
Georges Davidson & Associates: Dr. Bola Onasayna, , +234 803 305 8847
Highnet Resources: Vivian Ani, , +234 803 517 9897
Lighthouse Investments: Bode Oladapo, +234 803 429 5964
Matog Consulting: Matthew Ogagavworia, , +234 802 320 0801
Star Capital Partners: Felix Awonaiya, , +234 802 342 0850 ATACOFF Services: Olabode Agubiade, , +234 802 846 5998                                 Enterprise Integrators: Peter Longe, , +234 803 656 6565                              Pearl Mutual Consulting: Olufunmi Adepoju, , +234 816 578 9484        Zebra Multiservices: Sola Bayowa, , +234 803 331 0686

Sénégal

GET Services: Aliou Ndiaye, , +221 77 555 7072
La Financière Africaine: Abdoulaye Dieng, , +221 77 674 2958
Optis Consulting: Abdoul Aziz Kané, , +221 77 644 1548

Togo

AIMS: Charles Polet, , +233 266 308 678
Finance Plus: Guy Menan, , +225 2243 1607
IMEXTRA: Ali Saib Diallo, , +226 75 83 97 58, +233 264 414 862
Perform Strategy: Credo Mensah-Dzraku, , +228 9890 8070
VA Investment: Vincent Akue, , +233 242 551 529

    Finance and Investment News

  • Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local consultant ...
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  • In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

    February 13, 2017
    Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities ...
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  • Ghanaian cereals processor can market more, thanks to Trade Hub-facilitated loan

    January 23, 2017
    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. Poore, ...
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  • More efficient, higher producing factory layout for Côte d’Ivoire’s O’sey Collection

    January 23, 2017
    Ivorian apparel maker O’sey Collection received two weeks of intensive Trade Hub technical assistance in January to establish efficient production lines in its new factory. The new industrial layout should help increase O’sey’s workforce from 30 to 200 as well as boost  production capacity from 300 to 1,500 shirts and T-shirts per day, bound for ...
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  • Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub officially extended its Access to Finance Gender Strategy to Côte d’Ivoire through a series of events from November 28-December 4 in Abidjan. NSIA Banque worked with the Trade Hub’s finance and investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, to select 30 women entrepreneurs whose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a solid management structure, a ...
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  • Hub’s Financial Advisor helps Ivorian rice processor access financing to increase processing capacity

    December 12, 2016
    Through its Financial Advisor network, the Trade Hub helped facilitate a 300 million West African Franc ($491,693) loan for Agricultural Management Company – Food and Commerce (AMC-FC), a major rice processor in Côte d’Ivoire. In addition to a previous $1.25 million Hub-facilitated loan, AMC-FC now has about $1.3 million to boost its processing capacity of ...
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  • Seminar in Burkina Faso trains financiers on facilitating $20 million in financing to agribusinesses

    December 12, 2016
    From December 3-5, the Trade Hub teamed with Coris Bank International to train 16 bank staff and the Hub’s Burkinabe Financial Advisors on “Financing of Agribusiness Value Chains” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Jean-Francois Guay, the Hub’s Finance and Investment Team Lead, and Gerard Mariotte, an international finance consultant, developed and led the training modules for the ...
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  • Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

    November 28, 2016
    As part of its Gender Access to Finance Strategy, the Trade Hub is working with women cereals processors in Burkina Faso to access streams of financing to grow their businesses. From November 7-19, the Hub’s Business Development Specialist, Kafui Djonou, met with these women in Ouagadougou and Bobo to assess how these loans have impacted ...
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  • USAID and Oikocredit launch loan facility in Côte d’Ivoire

    November 22, 2016
    Ivorian farmers and traders of cashew, cereals, livestock, mango, shea and other Trade Hub-supported agricultural commodities have more loan opportunities, thanks to a $24 million guarantee for social investor Oikocredit International backed by USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA). Signed at the end of September 2016 with USAID, the three-year partnership allows Oikocredit to extend more ...
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  • In Senegal, Trade Hub-supported financial advisory firm launches services for small agribusinesses

    November 22, 2016
    La Financière Africaine, a member of the Trade Hub’s Financial Advisors network, launched its business development service program for agribusinesses on November 8 in Dakar, Senegal. At the event, CEO Abdoulaye Dieng said the new program would “bring together small and medium-sized businesses in the agricultural export sector and provide them with information about the Hub’s ...
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  • Hub looks to build links with cashew exporters at Côte d’Ivoire trade fair

    November 22, 2016
    More than 5,000 visitors and 20 exhibitors and institutional partners met in Abidjan from November 17-19 at the second edition of the International Exhibition of Cashew Processing Equipment and Technologies (SIETTA). With 700,000 tons of cashew produced in 2015, Côte d’Ivoire has surpassed India to become the world’s largest cashew producer. However, only 10% of this ...
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  • New “Ask our Experts” section encourages website visitors to connect with Trade Hub specialists

    November 14, 2016
    Visitors to the Trade Hub website can now engage directly with project staff through the “Ask our Experts” section to ask questions related to the Hub’s four key activity areas: regional commodities, global exports and AGOA, trade and transport, and finance and investment. “We wanted to make it easier for people to contact our experts when ...
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  • Trade Hub-assisted farmer wins award at Farmers’ Day Celebration

    November 7, 2016
    This year’s Brong Ahafo Regional “Best Farmer” award goes to Ernest Amoansah, the managing director of Ohumpong Investment, a Trade Hub-assisted mango value chain enterprise in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region. Awarded before Farmers’ Day—an annual festival honoring the efforts of farmers and fishers to feed the Ghanaian population and contribute to exports—this marks a momentous ...
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  • Trade Hub promotes AGOA awareness and the importance of engaging financial advisers to access finance in Nigeria

    October 17, 2016
    The Trade Hub participated in a three-day SME financing conference and matchmaking exhibition, “Financing Non-oil Export Businesses and Franchises,” organized by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, October 5-7, 2016. The conference brought together over 500 participants including representatives from 50 SMEs and investors. The Trade Hub’s AGOA ...
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  • Report: Beyond AGOA – Looking to the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment, September 2016

    September 27, 2016
    On January 28, 2016, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) held a hearing on policy recommendations for deepening the U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationship.  In September 2016, the USTR released its report: Beyond AGOA – Looking to the Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment, September 2016. “The question now is not whether AGOA is ...
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