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

  • USAID-funded training to double jobs at West Africa’s largest apparel factory

    August 16, 2017
    With speeches and fanfare, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the country’s U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion (GAME) project on August 14, 2017. This new apparel project is expected to create 1,187 new jobs at Dignity Do The Right Thing in Accra and will double the company’s workforce. ...
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  • Make the most of the next eight years, USTR tells AGOA Forum in Togo

    August 14, 2017
    The African Trade and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided a framework for economic engagement between the United States and Africa for 16 years—with full bipartisan support in the U.S.—and Africa should maximize the act’s remaining eight years, the United States Trade Representative told attendees of the 16th AGOA Forum in the West African nation of ...
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  • Nigerian customs learn AGOA export procedures

    August 8, 2017
    More than 40 Nigerian customs officers learned standard operating procedures under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a two-day workshop in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos. During the August 3-4 workshop, Trade Hub-hired U.S. customs lawyer Ms. Jan Forest and Senior AGOA Specialist Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana explained step-by-step procedures for compliance with ...
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  • AGOA ABCs unveiled in Ghana ahead of AGOA Forum

    August 8, 2017
    Current and would-be exporters in Ghana learned of an additional tool to ship duty-free to the U.S. at a July 27 validation workshop on the national strategy for the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). During a national AGOA strategy validation meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert ...
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  • New ATRC grantees learn the ropes to promote AGOA advantages

    July 31, 2017
    Coordinators from five African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Trade Resource Centers—Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo—attended a two-day capacity building workshop from July 24-25 in Accra, Ghana. These ATRCs are recent recipients of Trade Hub grants, which they’ll use to organize AGOA promotional activities. These ATRCs join seven other export promotion institutions in ...
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  • AGOA outreach series travels to the Central African Republic

    July 24, 2017
    Thirteen years after losing eligibility under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Central African Republic (CAR) was the site of a two-day workshop on the preferential trade agreement. The CAR has regained its eligibility for AGOA and is priming itself to take advantage of its benefits. Hosted by the Trade Hub, the U.S. ...
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  • AGOA sensitization workshop expands into Sierra Leone, addressing challenges amid new opportunities

    July 18, 2017
    From July 10-12, more than 100 members of the business community, including exporters and foreign investors, as well as government and customs officials attended a workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA), ...
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  • Bridging apparel export gaps in Nigeria, following Trade Hub sector assessment

    July 18, 2017
    From July 5-7, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) brought together about 40 Nigerian apparel stakeholders to learn how to expand and enter international markets, particularly the U.S. market through the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) – an  important challenge for Nigerian apparel factories, as identified in a 2016 Trade ...
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  • Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso

    July 12, 2017
    Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. These thirty participants are AWEP’s focal points in Burkina Faso’s 13 regions and are expected to cascade ...
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  • Stop missing AGOA opportunities, Trade Hub tells Togo ministers and exporters

    July 12, 2017
    In 2015, Togo exported $14,211,000 worth of goods to the U.S. Only about 10 percent—$146,000—were exported under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives duties on thousands of goods from eligible African countries. “In the same year, some AGOA-eligible products—including handbags, baskets and vegetables—were not exported under ...
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  • Planning meeting kick starts preparations for 2017 AGOA Forum

    July 4, 2017
    This year’s AGOA Forum, held every year for the past 16 years alternately in the U.S. or Africa, will be held in Lomé, Togo from August 8-10, 2017. The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, represented by Chief of Party Carol Adoum, participated in last week’s planning activities for this highly visible event. The Forum’s planning ...
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  • Getting Benin back on track to export apparel under AGOA

    July 4, 2017
    Benin has been eligible to export its textiles duty-free under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) since January 28, 2004. However, the country has not exported much under the preferential trade agreement, largely due to a nonfunctional AGOA visa system. During a mission in Benin last November, the Trade Hub offered to train apparel ...
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  • 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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