AGOA Trade Resource Centers

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), recently extended for 10 years, is designed to increase trade between the U.S. and participating African countries. AGOA provides duty-free preferences for thousands of products manufactured and processed throughout the region and the continent at large.

A network of AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs), housed within local institutions in 15 West African countries, provides guidance and facilitates linkages for businesses across the region. The ATRCs advise export-ready companies on key trade issues and help them take advantage of AGOA provisions. The Trade Hub supports ATRCs by:

  • Awarding grants to help fund ATRC operations in partnership with financial and technical partners to continue operating the centers after the project ends.
  • Building the capacity of ATRC coordinators and staff through training on trade and export issues.
  • Facilitating relationships between ATRCs and West African associations and companies in the project’s target sectors, especially apparel and mango.

Contact details of all ATRCs.

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Mr. Razack Yessoufou
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Bénin
Tel: +(229) 21 311238
Cell: +(229) 97 484 043
Fax: +(229) 21 313 299

Mr. Pégnani Ouarma
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Burkina Faso
Tel: +(226) 25306114/70755237

Mr. Olivier Dimala Dimala
Chambre de Commerce d’Industrie des Mines et de l’Artisanat
Tel: +(237) 33429881/3343 4495
Cell: +(237) 96444464
Fax: +(237) 3342 5596

Leida Santos
Cabo Verde Investimentos
Tel: +(238) 2604110/5 / 2621488

Mr. Euloge Camara
Association pour la Promotion des Exportations de Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI)
Tél: +(225) 20 30 25 30
Cell: +(225) 07 84 78 20
Fax: +(225) 20 21 75 76

Mr. Nina Abouna
Agence pour la Promotion des Investissements et des Exportations du Gabon (APIEX)
Tel: +(241) 72 15 38
Fax: +(241) 72 15 40

Mr. Julius Bradford Lamptey
Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: +(233) 302 662860
Cell: +(233) 50 157 6251

Mrs. Mariama Fatajo
Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA)
Tel: +(220) 437 7377
Fax: +(220) 437 7379

Mrs. Massa R. Lansanah
Liberia Chamber of Commerce
Tel: +(231) 886-800-473 / 777-857-805

Ms. Fatimetou Bellamech
Centre d’Information Mauritanien pour le Développement Economique et Technique (CIMDET)
Tel: +(222) 45 252214
Cell: +(222) 41 523450

Mr. Boubacar Toudou
Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Artisanat du Niger (C.C.I.A.N)
Tel: +(227) 20 73 22 10/ 20 73 51 55
Fax: +(227) 20 73 46 68
Mob: +(227) 96 97 29 29

Mr. Anthony. A. Adesina
Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce
Cell: +(234) 808 297 7706

Mr. Serigne Aliou DIOP
Agence Sénégalaise de Promotion des Exportations (ASEPEX)
Tel: +(221) 33 869 20 21
Cell: +(221) 77 616 13 57
Fax: +(221) 33 869 20 22

Mrs. Ayodele Wak-Williams
Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Trade and Agriculture
Tel: +(232) 22 226 160
Cell: +(232) 88 628 122
Fax: +(232) 22 22 83 94

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Togo (CCIT)
Tel: +(228) 2223 2918
Cell: +(228) 9014 19 39/ 99496148
Fax: +(228) 2221 47 30


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    October 16, 2017
    On October 10, The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Development Lead, Bill Noble, and Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, explained market access and the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to more than 80 people in Kumasi. The workshop was co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ...
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    October 9, 2017
    Six years ago, Mrs. Chantale Guiraud, CEO of the Ivorian weaving company Kehanon, sent samples of her cloth to American wholesalers after their scoping mission in Cote d’Ivoire. But the samples she sent to the U.S. failed the quality test: colors were bleeding in the wash and some cloths were fraying. “It was a disappointment for ...
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  • AGAM sets up secretariat with Trade Hub assistance

    October 9, 2017
    The Trade Hub has donated office furniture and equipment worth 23,400 cedis (approximately $5,300) to the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) as part of a grant agreement signed this July. AGAM will use the items to run its newly established secretariat, located in the Adjabeng Free Zone enclave in Accra, which was set up ...
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  • Hub trains customs officials as Sierra Leone gets ready to export under AGOA

    October 2, 2017
    Seven Sierra Leonean customs officers attended the Trade Hub’s AGOA training on September 26 in Freetown. The training focused on standard operating procedures required under U.S. customs law; AGOA exports must be in compliance with these procedures. The training was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist. The training also provided ...
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  • Burkinabé officials agree on steps to make AGOA textile visa operational

    October 2, 2017
    Burkina Faso became eligible to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in December 2004, and eligible to export textiles under AGOA in August 2006. One of the AGOA requirements for textiles benefits concerns the establishment of an AGOA visa system for the export of apparel and textile products to the United States. ...
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  • U.S. Ambassador to Benin applauds country’s first apparel export under AGOA

    October 2, 2017
    With speeches and a tour of one of Benin’s leading apparel factories, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn (pictured second from right) applauded the shipment of 6,000 clergy shirts and 9,000 clergy collars to Hurley’s Religious Goods in the United States—made by Africa New Confection (ANC). “I congratulate Benin on the country’s first apparel AGOA shipment and ANC for ...
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  • Hub presents duty-free opportunities and challenges for Nigerians at NACC SME conference

    September 25, 2017
    At the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce’s (NACC) third annual conference for small and medium enterprises (SME) in Abuja, the Trade Hub’s Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana presented on a panel with speakers from Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Commercial Service in Lagos. The panel discussed challenges and opportunities for Nigerian exporters under the ...
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  • Trade Hub trains Nigerian customs officers on AGOA procedures

    September 25, 2017
    Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, conducted training on September 13 for seven customs officers from the export/import desk of the Tariff and Trade department of the Nigeria Customs Service. Dr. Abou iiana, Trade Hub Senior Specialist on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), presented on export documentation processing, commercial invoices, certificates of origin, bills of ...
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  • Hub delivers AGOA visa stamp to Nigerian customs, clearing hurdle for duty-free textile exports

    September 19, 2017
    Seven Nigerian apparel companies generated buzz and more than 100 leads from potential buyers and sourcing agents during the MAGIC apparel trade show in the U.S. this August, building on support from the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Buyers said they were impressed with the designs and ...
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  • AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

    September 11, 2017
    Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills training ...
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  • Benin prepares for duty-free apparel exports to the U.S.

    September 11, 2017
    Benin took the necessary steps toward duty-free exporting for clothing with an August 29 training of senior customs officials in standard operating systems of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In June, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Specialist Mr. Kara Diallo trained officials on AGOA and afterward urged the customs administration and the Ministry of ...
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  • Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

    September 4, 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory in ...
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  • Entrepreneur advises Ivorian business owners on reaching U.S. markets

    August 28, 2017
    A market linkage session organized by the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire—with support from the Trade Hub and Côte d’Ivoire’s Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI)—guided companies through opportunities that exist and the standards required to export to the U.S., including under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Under the U.S. Embassy’s Target of Opportunity program, the ...
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  • After visa approval, training Togo’s customs officials to handle duty-free apparel exports

    August 21, 2017
    After the announcement that Togo can now export textile and apparel duty-free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Trade Hub trained eight Togolese officials on AGOA standard operating procedures. For nearly two years, the Hub worked with Togolese officials to develop a national textile visa, with additional support from the U.S. Embassy in ...
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  • Determined Nigerian apparel contingent spotlight manufacturing, design capabilities

    August 21, 2017
    Seven Nigerian companies—the largest West African contingent by far—exhibited at high-profile shows in Las Vegas, Aug. 13-16 with support from the Trade Hub and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Four firms—Tiskies, Ruff n Tumble, Crown Natures and One Stop Celebration (OSC)—were among the nine West African apparel manufacturers at Sourcing at MAGIC, a show dedicated to apparel sourcing for designers, buyers, ...
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