Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

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. Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, and Southern Africa Trade and… Read More

Ghanaian apparel firms tie business growth to social responsibility

USAID officials got a first-row view of two apparel firms that the Trade Hub is assisting to expand operations, generate jobs and grow exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On Feb. 8, Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, toured KAD Manufacturing (KAD) and Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), two… Read More

In Guinea-Bissau, exporters lay groundwork for national AGOA strategy

In the capital of Guinea-Bissau, participants at a Trade Hub workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) developed a series of recommendations about how a national AGOA strategy should be developed. Co-hosted with the Global Fairness Initiative, a U.S.-based organization, the Feb. 15-16, 2017 workshop attracted 40 operators in cashew, handicrafts, mango… Read More

Lights, camera: West African apparel!

As West African clothing takes the spotlight this week at the Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, visitors will be able to watch a new video showcasing the region’s advantages. As explained by USAID, the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and apparel companies themselves, the “West Africa Advantage” offers: duty-free exporting to the U.S. with 30%… Read More

Ghana customs officers trained in AGOA export documentation

International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking,… Read More

Juice consultant advises Ghanaian fruit and juice businesses

In Ghana, the Trade Hub hosted a roundtable discussion on February 3 for Ghanaian fruit and juice exporters, commercial farms, and mango producer associations to meet with Mr. Jim Perz, managing director of U.S.-based consulting firm Global Juice Resources on requirements for exporting fresh fruit and juice to the U.S. Mr. Perz told the participants… Read More

Nearly 200 bring ideas and requests to AGOA workshops in Burkina Faso and Liberia

About 50 people—including 24 women—participated in an Africa Growth Opportunities Act workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 26. The workshop, “AGOA and Export Opportunities to the U.S. Market for Burkina Enterprises. U.S Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Andrew R. Young opened the workshop and called on exporters to leverage the platform created by the workshop… Read More

First Trade Hub webinar livestreams customs training to three West African nations

About 60 exporters in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria received customs and regulations training via a Trade Hub webinar on February 1. The pilot effort used YouTube Live to stream a presentation from visiting customs expert Jan Forest on the practicalities of using the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export duty-free. Ms. Forest… Read More

Seize U.S. market opportunities, Sierra Leone’s businesses urged

In the capital of Sierra Leone, more than 60 members of the business community and agricultural associations attended a how-to workshop on exporting under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 24. The Freetown workshop, co-hosted by the Trade Hub, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) and the Sierra… Read More

Another first-time AGOA export for Ghanaian company

Bedrock Ventures, a Ghanaian apparel manufacturer and fabric producer, is the latest West African company to turn Trade Hub support into an export under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In December 2016, the company exported ladies’ dresses, jackets, men’s trousers and fabrics of batik, tie-dye and mudcloth fabrics valued at $7,300 to… Read More

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