New trade focus presented at GLEE exchange in Senegal

Value Chain Lead, William Noble, presented the Trade Hub’s work and accomplishments in regional trade and food security at the Market Systems Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) meetings organized by the USAID Bureau for Food Security in Dakar, Senegal June 4-8, 2017. Mr. Noble shared conclusions and recommendations from the recent Trade Africa meetings… Read More

Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor… Read More

WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en… Read More

AGOA workshop presents spectrum of resources to Senegal’s exporting community

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… Read More

ETLS Scorecard moves forward with insights from East Africa

Regional stakeholders held an April 21 meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar to discuss creating a scorecard for monitoring and publicizing implementation of the region’s free-trade agreement: the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). Participants included the Trade Hub’s Chief of Party Carol Adoum and Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist,… Read More

Workshops National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) in Abidjan and Dakar support implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal hosted the second training sessions of their National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFC) in the first half of March 2017. The three-day workshops—organized by the Trade Hub in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) followed up to the initial training that was carried out in September at… Read More

In Mali, Trade Hub workshop for bankers to transform agribusiness lending

Related video here Coris Bank officials in Mali learned risk mitigation strategies for agricultural lending and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub training in the capital, Bamako, February 17-18, 2017. Following similar workshops in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, the training walked 15 participants through practical modules on different agribusiness… Read More

Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading… Read More

In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, January 27-February 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities… Read More

Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and… Read More

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