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

  • 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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  • Ghanaian fruit processors and exporters learn to maximize trade show participation

    May 3, 2017
    A dozen participants from Ghana-based fruit processing companies and exporters—including HPW Dry and Fresh Ltd., Bomarts Farms, and Pinora—learned practical steps to make the best impressions and get the most out of international trade shows at an April 24 Trade Hub workshop in the capital Accra. “A visit to a trade fair in your own industry ...
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  • Region’s largest apparel firm will boost production capacity

    May 3, 2017
    The Trade Hub on April 26 presented five production lines comprising of 50 machines, which sews different parts of shirts to West Africa’s largest apparel manufacturer, Dignity DTRT apparel at its factory in Accra, Ghana, enabling it to ramp up orders from a large U.S. sportswear retailer. In November, Dignity DTRT requested the Hub’s assistance for ...
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  • Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

    May 3, 2017
    Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...
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  • Moringa Connect: exporting under AGOA while creating jobs

    April 24, 2017
    Trade Hub’s Chief of Party Mrs. Carol Adoum (middle in group photo) and Senior Communications Specialist Mrs. Maria Gwira accompanied Mr. Cory O’Hara, Regional Trade and Investment Team Leader at USAID West Africa (second from right), on a visit to the premises of Moringa Connect in a suburb of Accra, April 13. Moringa Connect has been ...
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  • Togo lays groundwork for exporting opportunities

    April 24, 2017
    With a new national textile visa in the process of submission, Togo is priming to export apparel and textiles duty free under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On April 19, Togolese government officials and female entrepreneurs learned about opportunities and requirements for apparel and other AGOA exports at a workshop organized by ...
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  • Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce awards plaque to Trade Hub

    April 18, 2017
    The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) presented the Trade Hub with this plaque in appreciation of the project’s panel presentations during the AGOA Non-Oil Export Training with NAAC in Lagos on April 4, 2017. At the training, three experts from the Hub — Senior AGOA Specialist Mohamed Abou-iiana, Apparel Industry Specialist Emmanuel Odonkor, and Finance and ...
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  • Trade Hub communications publishes two video shorts

    April 18, 2017
    Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...
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  • Trade Hub’s Mango Symposium hits the sweet spot in Korhogo

    April 18, 2017
    The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...
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  • Priming Nigerian exports under AGOA

    April 10, 2017
    Ms. Abimbola Alwaod is a Nigerian small business owner who manufactures soap, melon seed powder and crayfish powder. Ms. Alwaod has tried to export to the U.S. but has been unsuccessful. She said she lacked information on quality and standards requirements and documentation mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. ...
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