Make the most of the next eight years, USTR tells AGOA Forum in Togo

The African Trade and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided a framework for economic engagement between the United States and Africa for 16 years—with full bipartisan support in the U.S.—and Africa should maximize the act’s remaining eight years, the United States Trade Representative told attendees of the 16th AGOA Forum in the West African nation of… Read More

Nigerian customs learn AGOA export procedures

More than 40 Nigerian customs officers learned standard operating procedures under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at a two-day workshop in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos. During the August 3-4 workshop, Trade Hub-hired U.S. customs lawyer Ms. Jan Forest and Senior AGOA Specialist Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana explained step-by-step procedures for compliance… Read More

AGOA ABCs unveiled in Ghana ahead of AGOA Forum

Current and would-be exporters in Ghana learned of an additional tool to ship duty-free to the U.S. at a July 27 validation workshop on the national strategy for the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). During a national AGOA strategy validation meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E.… Read More

New ATRC grantees learn the ropes to promote AGOA advantages

Coordinators from five African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Trade Resource Centers—Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo—attended a two-day capacity building workshop from July 24-25 in Accra, Ghana. These ATRCs are recent recipients of Trade Hub grants, which they’ll use to organize AGOA promotional activities. These ATRCs join seven other export promotion institutions in… Read More

AGOA outreach series travels to the Central African Republic

Thirteen years after losing eligibility under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Central African Republic (CAR) was the site of a two-day workshop on the preferential trade agreement. The CAR has regained its eligibility for AGOA and is priming itself to take advantage of its benefits. Hosted by the Trade Hub, the… Read More

AGOA sensitization workshop expands into Sierra Leone, addressing challenges amid new opportunities

From July 10-12, more than 100 members of the business community, including exporters and foreign investors, as well as government and customs officials attended a workshop on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA),… Read More

Bridging apparel export gaps in Nigeria, following Trade Hub sector assessment

From July 5-7, the Trade Hub and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) brought together about 40 Nigerian apparel stakeholders to learn how to expand and enter international markets, particularly the U.S. market through the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) – an  important challenge for Nigerian apparel factories, as identified in a 2016 Trade… Read More

Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso

Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. These thirty participants are AWEP’s focal points in Burkina Faso’s 13 regions and are expected to… Read More

Stop missing AGOA opportunities, Trade Hub tells Togo ministers and exporters

In 2015, Togo exported $14,211,000 worth of goods to the U.S. Only about 10 percent—$146,000—were exported under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives duties on thousands of goods from eligible African countries. “In the same year, some AGOA-eligible products—including handbags, baskets and vegetables—were not exported… Read More

Planning meeting kick starts preparations for 2017 AGOA Forum

This year’s AGOA Forum, held every year for the past 16 years alternately in the U.S. or Africa, will be held in Lomé, Togo from August 8-10, 2017. The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, represented by Chief of Party Carol Adoum, participated in last week’s planning activities for this highly visible event. The Forum’s… Read More

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