Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

Ivoirians and Ghanaians learn AGOA customs procedures

Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African… Read More

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

Live from Abidjan, the Trade Hub goes on air with Country Director Lotfi Kourdali

During a live radio interview on October 18, the Trade Hub’s Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire highlighted the results of its work with Ivorian agricultural and textile entrepreneurs. “Thanks to our collaboration with institutional partners and national and regional organizations in the different sectors we cover—apparel, livestock, mango, cereals—we have been able to exceed our… Read More

With Ghanaian consultant, O’sey Collection plans new men’s shirt product lines

A Ghanaian fashion technologist spent much of October building staff skills and capacity in cutting and sampling at Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. Ms. Mabel Dede Doe, contracted by the Trade Hub, was so popular that O’sey Textiles shared the cost for her to stay an additional week. “The sampling and cutting are a crucial… Read More

On mango mission, Ivorian producers learn best practices from Ghana-based processors

Thirteen Ivorian mango producers learned best practices in mango processing from three Ghana-based companies, during an October 9-12 field mission organized by the Trade Hub and the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations en Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI). Mr. Euloge Camara, Coordinator of the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Côte d’Ivoire, and Mr. Daouda Diomande, the… Read More

Organizational support for Ivorian shea organization bears fruit

The Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) utilized Trade Hub lessons to develop its membership network and diversify its sources of funding. Represented by the University of Korhogo, FIKA-CI and other shea sector actors obtained funding from the Fonds Compétitif pour l’Innovation Agricole Durable (FCIAD) to improve shea fruit production with assisted natural regeneration and… Read More

Women-owned businesses and bank officials in Cote d’Ivoire learn how to bridge the finance gap

The Trade Hub rolled out the second phase of the gender access to finance strategy in Côte d’Ivoire this October to build the financial acumen of women-owned small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate financing for their businesses. As part of the strategy, the Hub’s finance and investment team organized two three-day trainings for female… Read More

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

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