Borderless Alliance sparks discussion about cross border trade facilitation at annual conference

The Trade Hub participated in the annual conference of Borderless Alliance—a West African trade and transport advocacy organization and Trade Hub partner—in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from May 10-12.  The Trade Hub’s Mr. Chongo Mukupa, Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist, and Mr. Kossi Dahoui, Transport Facilitation Specialist, were among the over 100 participants from the private… Read More

Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire,… Read More

ETLS Scorecard moves forward with insights from East Africa

Regional stakeholders held an April 21 meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar to discuss creating a scorecard for monitoring and publicizing implementation of the region’s free-trade agreement: the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). Participants included the Trade Hub’s Chief of Party Carol Adoum and Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist,… Read More

Taking ETLS compliance message to southern Mali

The Hub’s Transport Specialist, Mr. Kossi Dahoui, contributed expertise to a road show organized by the Borderless Alliance  and the USAID-funded Food Across Borders program in Sikasso, southern Mali. Participants numbering about 70 included government officials, representatives of women traders associations and exporters and importers of agricultural produce as well as officials of partner projects… 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

Benin becomes fourth West African country to drop trade barrier at Hub’s urging

In direct violation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), the certificate of origin (COO) requirement hinders the free movement of agricultural goods across West African borders. The Trade Hub’s direct advocacy efforts have helped eliminate this requirement in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and now, Benin. This month, the Government of Benin agreed to… Read More

Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext… Read More

Ivorian cereals processors have high potential, but lack necessary capital to grow

Kokou Zotoglo, the Hub’s Cereal Value Chain Specialist, traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in early November to continue his assessment of the capability of lead cereals processing firms in Senegal, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire to source grains from cereals wholesalers in both the country and region. By traveling to these countries, Zotoglo aimed to promote commercial… Read More

Trade Hub to collaborate with two USAID-funded projects for greater impact in regional trade

Last week, the Trade Hub traveled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to meet in a USAID-sponsored Partnership meeting with representatives of numerous other projects working in a specific region of Niger and Burkina Faso, and in particular the REGIS-AG and REGIS-ER projects. The Trade Hub met with numerous projects working in the region, and was able… Read More

AGOA roundtable explores export opportunities for Niger through AGOA and ETLS

On November 10, 2016, the Trade Hub and the U.S. Embassy in Niger co-organized a roundtable discussion focused on export opportunities through the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme. Hosted at the American Cultural Center in Niamey, the event informed key private sector players in Niger on how… Read More

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