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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    December 12, 2017
    On December 7, and in cooperation with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Mohamed  Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA specialist, conducted an AGOA promotion workshop for more than 30 participants (pictured at left) representing businesses, the private sector, art and crafts producers, agriculture development agencies, SMEs, exporters, and horticulture producers. Dr. Abou iiana ...
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    Ahead of Sierra Leone’s U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy launch, two Trade Hub-hosted workshops for national officials focused on AGOA standards and other customs procedures. The Freetown trainings, hosted on November 15 and 16, attracted participants from Sierra Leone’s Department of Foreign Trade, the Executive Office of the Permanent Secretary, and the ...
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    November 20, 2017
    “If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel ...
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    November 13, 2017
    Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African ...
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  • Guinea workshops teach procedures for exports, AGOA visas, and trade shows

    November 13, 2017
    In the Guinean capital of Conakry, events co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Artisanat de Guinée (CCIAG) explained new U.S. export requirements, trade shows, and transaction management. Attendees of the events on October 27 and 31—the majority of whom were women—work in Guinean value chains such as palm oil, ...
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  • Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

    November 13, 2017
    The Ivorian Ministry of Commerce — in collaboration with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (Trade Hub) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) — launched an AGOA National Strategy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, October 30 in Abidjan. The document was formulated based on priority sectors such as the clothing and ...
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  • In Nigeria, apparel and leather producers learn best practices for exports

    November 6, 2017
    The Trade Hub offered nine Nigerian companies an extensive step-by-step workshop for exporting goods to U.S. markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act at a two-day apparel and leather training in the country’s commercial hub, Lagos. Led by Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor, the Trade Hub’s Apparel Value Chain Specialist, and organized by the Nigerian-American Chamber of ...
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  • Trade Hub workshop in Togo responds to apparel producer concerns

    November 6, 2017
    The Trade Hub hosted a one-day capacity-building workshop for Togolese apparel producers on October 19, creating a platform to learn about the global apparel industry. The workshop attracted 40 participants—primarily members of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State—and addressed concerns gathered from previous Trade Hub visits to apparel producers ...
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  • Trade Hub workshop guides producers in western Ghana navigating AGOA

    November 6, 2017
    In the port city of Takoradi, a Trade Hub workshop connected apparel and textile producers, agribusiness processors, fresh agriculture producers, and cocoa processing operators in Ghana’s Western Region with information to help them understand and benefit from the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, explained ...
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  • Niger and Mali take steps toward recapturing AGOA textile benefits

    October 30, 2017
    To help Niger and Mali regain duty-free benefits for textile exports to the U.S., the Trade Hub worked with authorities in those countries in mid-October to prepare documents for the reapplication. The U.S. terminated Niger and Mali’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Niger was reinstated to ...
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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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  • Ivorian ATRC hosts training in color fixing for traditional weavers and textile companies

    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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