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

  • Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

    June 27, 2017
    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 sectors—including ...
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  • Trade Hub closing the AGOA and Customs knowledge gap for Ghana exporters

    June 27, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Local start-up receives cost-saving lessons from packaging experts

    June 19, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Trade Hub packaging experts advise Ghanaian entrepreneurs, companies

    June 12, 2017
    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 Africa Trade ...
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  • Côte d’Ivoire validates its AGOA strategy with government and exporters

    June 12, 2017
    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 M. ...
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  • Trade Hub talks export requirements at food and products conference in Nigeria

    June 5, 2017
    On May 26, the Trade Hub participated in the African Foods and Products Exhibition and Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and attended by food producers, clothing and textiles manufacturers as well as African handcrafts producers. Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, and Mr. ...
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  • AGOA workshop presents spectrum of resources to Senegal’s exporting community

    May 29, 2017
    The Trade Hub took its U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) outreach and information series to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with a May 24 workshop on the benefits and procedures of the preferential trade agreement. Attending were 46 participants, including customs officials, members of the Senegalese Chamber of Commerce, Union Nationale des Commercants et Industriels ...
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  • Nigeria apparel makers and customs officials learn AGOA basics for U.S. exports

    May 29, 2017
    Tiskies Global, a Nigerian apparel exporter, attempted its first shipment to the U.S. under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) on May 15. The attempt was unsuccessful due to improper export documentation. Nine days later, a Tiskies representative joined 25 other exporters and Nigerian customs officers to learn more about customs documentation requirements for ...
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  • Trade Hub in sync with objectives of Ghana’s new “one-district-one-factory” policy

    May 29, 2017
    The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI)—a Trade Hub partner—and the Ghana Commercial Bank hosted more than 400 guests at a May 22 forum on how to participate in the new government’s proposed “one-district-one-factory” economic stimulus policy. Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry explained that beyond previous commitments to provide infrastructure, the Ghana ...
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  • Mauritania sees the importance of AGOA to diversify its economy

    May 22, 2017
    On May 10, the Trade Hub partnered with the Mauritanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture to host a U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop, which drew more than 50 participants from the Mauritanian business community including small and medium-sized enterprises from traditional Mauritanian industries like agribusiness, textiles, and clothing. Mr. Wane Abdoul Aziz, ...
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  • Food safety and packaging experts ready Burkinabe companies to meet U.S. market requirements

    May 22, 2017
    From May 8-12, Mr. Kenneth Marsh and Mr. Thomas Butterworth—two Trade Hub consultants—visited 11 export-ready companies and lead firms in Burkina Faso, before presenting at a workshop co-hosted by the Trade Hub and Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Burkina Faso (CCIBF) on May 12th . These site visits and workshop are part of the ...
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  • Government supports Dignity/DTRT expansion, meets with Trade Hub for potential collaboration

    May 22, 2017
    Following recent elections, representatives of Ghana’s new government have pledged support for Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), a Trade Hub-supported apparel firm, to help it achieve its expansion objectives. The two Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah and Mr. Robert Ahomkah-Lindsey, announced their support during their first visit to the DTRT factory ...
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  • Ghana-based HPW collaborates with Ivorian producers to export 2,030 MT of mangoes

    May 15, 2017
    HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire — a ...
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  • AGOA workshop addresses two constraints to Ivorian exports: packaging and labeling

    May 15, 2017
    On May 5, fifty-six Ivorian processors and representatives of agricultural enterprises met at the Azalai Hotel in Abidjan for training on U.S. packaging and labeling requirements. Co-hosted with the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations de Cote d’Ivoire (APEX-CI) and chaired by Ms. Rebecca Levy, Economic Growth Officer at USAID Cote d’Ivoire, the workshop is ...
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  • AGOA outreach workshop guides Ghanaian companies through export financing

    May 8, 2017
    An April 28 workshop continued a series of Trade Hub-led outreach and information events to help Ghanaian businesses understand the basics of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Co-hosted with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Accra, the one-day workshop focused on export financing, specifically contracts and payments. Mr. William Addo, ...
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