Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade… Read More

Trade Hub-ProFAB team advance ETLS scorecard development

At the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Trade Hub and the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) program are developing a framework for a scorecard for member states to evaluate their own progress in implementing the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). From July 17-19, a proposal writing team—consisting of the Hub’s… Read More

Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

Trade Hub experts, from June 7 to 11, reviewed packaging and export requirements of Togolese firms seeking to expand sales within West Africa and abroad. Drs. Thomas Butterworth and Kenneth Marsh, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, met in Togo with lead firms in the fresh and processed pineapple and mango… Read More

AGOA workshop presents spectrum of resources to Senegal’s exporting community

The Trade Hub took its U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) outreach and information series to the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with a May 24 workshop on the benefits and procedures of the preferential trade agreement. Attending were 46 participants, including customs officials, members of the Senegalese Chamber of Commerce, Union Nationale des Commercants et… Read More

Nigeria apparel makers and customs officials learn AGOA basics for U.S. exports

Tiskies Global, a Nigerian apparel exporter, attempted its first shipment to the U.S. under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) on May 15. The attempt was unsuccessful due to improper export documentation. Nine days later, a Tiskies representative joined 25 other exporters and Nigerian customs officers to learn more about customs documentation requirements for… Read More

Trade Hub in sync with objectives of Ghana’s new “one-district-one-factory” policy

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI)—a Trade Hub partner—and the Ghana Commercial Bank hosted more than 400 guests at a May 22 forum on how to participate in the new government’s proposed “one-district-one-factory” economic stimulus policy. Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry explained that beyond previous commitments to provide infrastructure, the… Read More

Mauritania sees the importance of AGOA to diversify its economy

On May 10, the Trade Hub partnered with the Mauritanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture to host a U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop, which drew more than 50 participants from the Mauritanian business community including small and medium-sized enterprises from traditional Mauritanian industries like agribusiness, textiles, and clothing. Mr. Wane Abdoul… Read More

Food safety and packaging experts ready Burkinabe companies to meet U.S. market requirements

From May 8-12, Mr. Kenneth Marsh and Mr. Thomas Butterworth—two Trade Hub consultants—visited 11 export-ready companies and lead firms in Burkina Faso, before presenting at a workshop co-hosted by the Trade Hub and Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Burkina Faso (CCIBF) on May 12th . These site visits and workshop are part of the… Read More

Government supports Dignity/DTRT expansion, meets with Trade Hub for potential collaboration

Following recent elections, representatives of Ghana’s new government have pledged support for Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), a Trade Hub-supported apparel firm, to help it achieve its expansion objectives. The two Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah and Mr. Robert Ahomkah-Lindsey, announced their support during their first visit to the DTRT factory… Read More

Following training-of-trainers, new WAGN ambassadors return to Ghana to train others

To kick-start a series of cascade trainings, thirty-one participants from the Ghanaian cereals value chain— including nine women — attended a training workshop from May 3-5 to learn about the benefits of using written contracts as a best practice in cereals trade. Held in Tamale, Ghana, the Trade Hub co-organized the event with the Cereal… Read More

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