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

  • 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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  • Apparel manufacturers in Nigeria’s Abia State learn about AGOA

    April 4, 2017
    Abia State’s commercial capital, Aba, hosted a workshop on March 29 during which more than 150 apparel manufacturers and exporters learned about the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and how to take advantage of the preferential trade agreement. The Nigerian government has identified Abia State as the country’s manufacturing hub, as it is home ...
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  • In Ghana, agribusiness exporters learn how to access finance to grow their businesses

    April 4, 2017
    Seasoned and potential Ghanaian agribusiness exporters from various value chains—including cashew, shea, cereals, aquaculture and tubers—learned types and sources of financing available at the latest event in the Trade Hub’s information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). About 40 exporters attended the March 24 event in Accra, Ghana. The Hub’s Finance and ...
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  • Guinean exporters prepare to take advantage of AGOA

    March 27, 2017
    As an exporter and a member of the Guinea chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Mme. Hawa Karando had heard about the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). But she still wasn’t sure what the preferential trade agreement entailed. “My exports are not big, and so I share a container with sometimes two ...
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  • Trade Hub spreads the word about AGOA benefits at Global Shea Alliance annual conference

    March 20, 2017
    West African shea processors—including Zikora and Fludor from Benin, Ruby Unique Natural Premium Products from Nigeria and Charles K. Boateng from Ghana—currently export to other African countries and Europe. On March 15, the last day of the 2017 annual conference of the Global Shea Alliance in Cotonou, Benin, around 50 shea butter producers and exporters learned ...
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  • O’sey apparel company impresses USAID delegation with striking growth

    March 20, 2017
    Ivorian apparel maker O’sey detailed current and planned expansion to USAID visitors at its Abidjan factory on March 7—and credited Trade Hub technical and market linkage support as essential to their growth. “Without the Trade Hub’s training and support, we wouldn’t have been able to meet international performance standards,” O’sey CEO Mr. Philipe Kouame told the ...
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  • Trade Hub takes AGOA awareness series to Mali

    March 13, 2017
    More than 70 Malian producers, processors and exporters attended a two-day exporters’ workshop in the capital city of Bamako. The March 1-2 workshop was the latest in the Trade Hub’s outreach and information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Though a number of the country’s major exports—including gold, cereals, and vegetables—are eligible ...
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  • USG delegation visits Benin apparel maker, talks with the company’s main U.S. buyer

    March 13, 2017
    Officials from the U.S. Embassy and USAID/Benin visited Africa New Confection (ANC), a leading apparel manufacturer, on March 1. There, they learned how Trade Hub assistance is yielding improvements and deals for the emerging exporter and spoke with a U.S. buyer visiting ANC at the same time. ANC owner Mr. Isidore Kouton, said USAID through the ...
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  • The MAGIC-al ingredient: Persistence

    March 7, 2017
    For Linda Ampah of KAD Manufacturing, one year has made all the difference in reaching U.S. buyers. She has ramped up international orders in addition to following up with contacts made at last year’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow. Ms. Ampah first attended the world’s largest apparel show in February 2016 in Las Vegas, under the Africa ...
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  • 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. » View photos from the show here Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, ...
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