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

SMEs look to bridge the information gap to boost regional trade and access global markets

From October 31 to November 4, 47 regional small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) convened in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to share the challenges of growing their businesses and accessing international markets. This included specific conversations with officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Monetary Zone (UEMOA) on how SMEs can… Read More

Trade Hub team consults with ECOWAS and regional stakeholders in Nigeria on customs, trade and AGOA programs

Mohamed Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Senior Specialist and Chongo Mukupa, the Hub’s Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist, visited Abuja, Nigeria from November 7-11 to consult with the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders on customs, trade and AGOA programs. The Trade Hub team was accompanied by Moustapha Gnankambary, Senior Trade Facilitator for USAID… Read More

Price and quality prevent Senegalese cereal processors from sourcing in West Africa

The Trade Hub’s Cereal Value Chain Specialist, Kokou Zotoglo, traveled to Dakar, Senegal and Bamako, Mali, to strengthen commercial linkages between breweries, such as Guinness, and cereals processors that could supply brewers’ grits, dried corn kernels used as a malt replacement in beer. The October 19-21 trip also promoted commercial relationships between cereal wholesalers and… Read More

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