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

Trade Hub workshop in Togo responds to apparel producer concerns

The Trade Hub hosted a one-day capacity-building workshop for Togolese apparel producers on October 19, creating a platform to learn about the global apparel industry. The workshop attracted 40 participants—primarily members of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State—and addressed concerns gathered from previous Trade Hub visits to apparel producers… Read More

Trade Hub visits organic pineapple companies in Togo and Ghana to assist with U.S. exports

The Trade Hub visited three organic pineapple exporting companies in Ghana and Togo to evaluate and aid their readiness to export to the U.S. The Trade Hub will support Ghana-based HPW Fresh and Dry Ltd. and Togo-Based firms PRONATURA and Label d’Or in November trial shipments, which U.S. based Chestnut Hill Farms will then distribute… Read More

Cascade trainings in contracting and aflatoxin prevention spread Trade Hub–fostered approaches to Togolese cereals traders

Following successful training for cereals traders in Ghana in August, the Trade Hub partnered with the Cereals Inter-professional Committee in Togo on two trainings to promote the use of written contracts and prevent aflatoxin contamination. In Tsevie, southern Togo, 30 cereals traders including 14 women learned best contracting principles from September 11-12, followed by a… 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

After visa approval, training Togo’s customs officials to handle duty-free apparel exports

After the announcement that Togo can now export textile and apparel duty-free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Trade Hub trained eight Togolese officials on AGOA standard operating procedures. For nearly two years, the Hub worked with Togolese officials to develop a national textile visa, with additional support from the U.S. Embassy… Read More

At AGOA Forum, spotlighting Hub’s work to expand AGOA in West Africa

Speaking to 100 people about duty-free exports to the U.S. on August 9, a Trade Hub AGOA Specialist Mr. Kara Diallo presented barriers, and achievements to expand West African business under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. During a panel discussion on “AGOA, Challenges and Opportunities” at the recent AGOA Forum in Lomé, Togo, Mr.… Read More

Make the most of the next eight years, USTR tells AGOA Forum in Togo

The African Trade and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has provided a framework for economic engagement between the United States and Africa for 16 years—with full bipartisan support in the U.S.—and Africa should maximize the act’s remaining eight years, the United States Trade Representative told attendees of the 16th AGOA Forum in the West African nation of… 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

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