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

Niger and Mali take steps toward recapturing AGOA textile benefits

To help Niger and Mali regain duty-free benefits for textile exports to the U.S., the Trade Hub worked with authorities in those countries in mid-October to prepare documents for the reapplication. The U.S. terminated Niger and Mali’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Niger was reinstated… Read More

Trade Hub trains Nigerian customs officers on AGOA procedures

Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, conducted training on September 13 for seven customs officers from the export/import desk of the Tariff and Trade department of the Nigeria Customs Service. Dr. Abou iiana, Trade Hub Senior Specialist on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), presented on export documentation processing, commercial invoices, certificates of origin, bills… Read More

AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills… 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

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

Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a… Read More

Mango Week in Ghana celebrates “Mango: Ghana’s green gold”

The Trade Hub in collaboration with the Federation of the Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE), German Cooperation (Deutsche Zusammenarbett) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is pleased  to announce  that “Ghana Mango Week” with the theme “Mango, Ghana’s green gold: Growing for food and creating jobs” will be held from July 27-29  in… Read More

Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor… 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

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