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.

Benin 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
www.ccibenin.org
Burkina Faso Mr. Pégnani Ouarma
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Burkina Faso
Tel: (226) 25306114/70755237
Cameroon 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
www.ccima.net
Cape Verde Leida Santos
Cabo Verde Investimentos
Tel: +238 2604110/5 / +238 2621488
Cote d’Ivoire 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
Gabon 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
Ghana Mr. Julius Bradford Lamptey
Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: +233 (0) 302 662860
Cell: +233 (0) 50 157 6251
Liberia Mrs. Massa R. Lansanah
Liberia Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 00231 886-800-473 / 777-857-805
www.llclr.org
Mauritania Ms. Fatimetou Bellamech
Centre d’Information Mauritanien pour le Développement Economique et Technique (CIMDET)
Tel: 222 45 252214
Cell: 222 41 523450
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Niger 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
www.ccaian.org
Nigeria Mr. Joseph Olusanya Ogungbade
Nigerian Export Promotion Council
Cell: (234) 8036045705
Senegal 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
www.asepex.sn
Sierra Leone 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
www.chamberofcommerce.sl
The Gambia Mrs. Mariama Fatajo
Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA)
Tel: (220) 437 7377
Fax: (220) 437 7379
www.giepa.gm
Togo Mr. Kavege Yawo Gilbert Josias
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Togo (CCIT)
Tel: (228) 2223 2918
Cell: (228) 9014 19 39/ 99496148
Fax: (228) 2221 47 30
www.ccit.tg

AGOA News

  • Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

    February 27, 2017
    Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, and Southern Africa Trade and Investment ...
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  • Ghanaian apparel firms tie business growth to social responsibility

    February 20, 2017
    USAID officials got a first-row view of two apparel firms that the Trade Hub is assisting to expand operations, generate jobs and grow exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On Feb. 8, Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, toured KAD Manufacturing (KAD) and Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), two of ...
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  • In Guinea-Bissau, exporters lay groundwork for national AGOA strategy

    February 20, 2017
    In the capital of Guinea-Bissau, participants at a Trade Hub workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) developed a series of recommendations about how a national AGOA strategy should be developed. Co-hosted with the Global Fairness Initiative, a U.S.-based organization, the Feb. 15-16, 2017 workshop attracted 40 operators in cashew, handicrafts, mango and ...
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  • Lights, camera: West African apparel!

    February 20, 2017
    As West African clothing takes the spotlight this week at the Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, visitors will be able to watch a new video showcasing the region’s advantages. As explained by USAID, the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and apparel companies themselves, the “West Africa Advantage” offers: duty-free exporting to the U.S. with 30% ...
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  • Ghana customs officers trained in AGOA export documentation

    February 13, 2017
    International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking, ...
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  • Juice consultant advises Ghanaian fruit and juice businesses

    February 13, 2017
    In Ghana, the Trade Hub hosted a roundtable discussion on February 3 for Ghanaian fruit and juice exporters, commercial farms, and mango producer associations to meet with Mr. Jim Perz, managing director of U.S.-based consulting firm Global Juice Resources on requirements for exporting fresh fruit and juice to the U.S. Mr. Perz told the participants that ...
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  • Nearly 200 bring ideas and requests to AGOA workshops in Burkina Faso and Liberia

    February 6, 2017
    About 50 people—including 24 women—participated in an Africa Growth Opportunities Act workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 26. The workshop, “AGOA and Export Opportunities to the U.S. Market for Burkina Enterprises. U.S Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Andrew R. Young opened the workshop and called on exporters to leverage the platform created by the workshop and ...
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  • First Trade Hub webinar livestreams customs training to three West African nations

    February 6, 2017
    About 60 exporters in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria received customs and regulations training via a Trade Hub webinar on February 1. The pilot effort used YouTube Live to stream a presentation from visiting customs expert Jan Forest on the practicalities of using the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export duty-free. Ms. Forest ...
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  • Seize U.S. market opportunities, Sierra Leone’s businesses urged

    January 30, 2017
    In the capital of Sierra Leone, more than 60 members of the business community and agricultural associations attended a how-to workshop on exporting under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 24. The Freetown workshop, co-hosted by the Trade Hub, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) and the Sierra Leone ...
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  • Another first-time AGOA export for Ghanaian company

    January 23, 2017
    Bedrock Ventures, a Ghanaian apparel manufacturer and fabric producer, is the latest West African company to turn Trade Hub support into an export under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In December 2016, the company exported ladies’ dresses, jackets, men’s trousers and fabrics of batik, tie-dye and mudcloth fabrics valued at $7,300 to ...
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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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  • Trade Hub and EAA prep West African factories for world’s largest apparel show

    January 23, 2017
    With approximately a month to the Sourcing at MAGIC show, the Trade Hub and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) on January 17 conducted a planning workshop to strategize with participating factories on how the West Africa delegation would put its best foot forward at the Feb 20-23 event in Las Vegas. EAA presented on “Production and apparel: ...
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  • Social media campaigns spotlight Trade Hub activities

    January 19, 2017
    On Jan. 13, the Trade Hub launched a 10-day #didyouknow campaign to guide stakeholders to recently published fact sheets. In January and February, we will promote Hub-supported apparel companies to buyers attending the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, and feature women’s roles in expanding West African trade. For more information, visit us on Facebook or ...
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  • Marketing the West African advantage at Las Vegas apparel show

    January 9, 2017
    Six apparel makers from Benin, Ghana and Nigeria will exhibit at the world’s largest clothing trade show, February 20 to 23, joining dozens of producers from all over Africa to connect with leading global buyers. Sponsored by the Trade Hub and its partner, Ethical Apparel Africa, the six firms will showcase several categories of apparel— ...
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  • Cameroonian exporters eye U.S. market

    January 3, 2017
    In Cameroon’s commercial capital Douala, more than 20 agribusiness exporters and small and medium enterprise owners attended a Dec. 20 workshop to learn about U.S. plant health and phytosanitary requirements, pesticide residue regulations, traceability, labelling and workers’ treatment—all keys to entering the American market. AntaMiel Honey Company owner Mr. Jacques Georges Badjang—who produces 500 tons of ...
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