Regional organization solidifies partnerships to grow the West African livestock sector

With more than 90,000 members, the Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la chaine de valeurs Bétail/Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO) asserted its leading position within the professional organizations that comprise the West African livestock sector. The regional bureau, based in Côte d’Ivoire, coordinated efforts with the national federations of its eight member countries to… Read More

Ivorian ATRC hosts training in color fixing for traditional weavers and textile companies

Six years ago, Mrs. Chantale Guiraud, CEO of the Ivorian weaving company Kehanon, sent samples of her cloth to American wholesalers after their scoping mission in Cote d’Ivoire. But the samples she sent to the U.S. failed the quality test: colors were bleeding in the wash and some cloths were fraying. “It was a disappointment… Read More

Creating new mango partnerships between Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria

The April 2017 Ivorian Mango Symposium created a business platform for mango stakeholders to develop new market opportunities. Following-up on discussions held during the symposium, the Trade Hub has been focusing on increasing regional and global exports in the mango sector by linking West African producers with international buyers and sellers of fresh and processed… Read More

Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” [Dare, O’sey!] said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory… Read More

Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS… 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

At final meeting, Côte d’Ivoire prepares to manage WTO-TFA implementation

  The last of four workshops for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) of Côte d’Ivoire validated and finalized their preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Organized by the Trade Hub and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Aug. 15-18 meeting in Grand Bassam drew 30… Read More

At MAGIC, new and returning West African companies meet clients ready to explore the Africa Advantage

Since his first visit to the Sourcing at MAGIC show many years ago, Greg Kankoh, CEO of Bulluk/Nallem had not returned. But in August 2017, he was pleasantly surprised by the results of his participation with the Trade Hub’s West African delegation to the largest apparel show in the U.S.—including a face-to-face meeting with a… Read More

At MAGIC, Ivorian apparel maverick debuts ready-to-wear couture

His father’s 27th child and his mother’s ninth, Aka Phillippe Kouame never learned a trade nor did he want to follow his father into farming in eastern Cote d’Ivoire. While majoring in business at the University of Abidjan, he struck an arrangement with his neighbor, a tailor, to market his “classic” men’s shirts. Mr. Kouame… Read More

Ivorian cashew cooperative wins presidential honor, plans expansion

Côte d’Ivoire’s president awarded one of the Trade Hub’s star performers, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), the 2017 prize for best exporting company during an August 7 award ceremony at the presidential palace. “Your merit and good quality work pave the way for the creation of a new Côte d’Ivoire,”… Read More

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