Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

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… Read More

Entrepreneur advises Ivorian business owners on reaching U.S. markets

A market linkage session organized by the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire—with support from the Trade Hub and Côte d’Ivoire’s Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI)—guided companies through opportunities that exist and the standards required to export to the U.S., including under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Under the U.S. Embassy’s Target of Opportunity program,… Read More

Getting the prices right: AGOA workshop in Abidjan teaches entrepreneurs accurate cost accounting

Fifteen representatives of small and medium businesses from the Ivorian agricultural sector attended a Nov. 23 workshop on setting prices by correctly accounting for costs. It was the latest in a series of Trade Hub-funded workshops to promote export-readiness, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) preferential trade agreement, hosted by Cote… Read More

New facilities for Hub’s Ivorian AGOA Trade Resource Center

In Côte d’Ivoire, the Hub’s AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC) has new space designated for trainings at the YALI Andrew Young Center for Entrepreneurship, thanks to the U.S. Embassy and the USAID regional mission there. On November 17, 32 company managers and processors gathered at the new premises to attend a training session on U.S.… Read More

More knowledge about international standards, higher quality packaging, and transparency around expected cost is needed to boost West African exports of packaged food

Representatives of Ivorian agri-businesses attending the Trade Hub’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) training session on international standards in food packaging heard how critical packaging is when offering food products for sale on U.S. and European markets. Businesses must also take into account food conservation, transport, packaging materials, and marketing when packaging foods for… Read More

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