At final training, Senegal readies to implement WTO-TFA

The last in a series of workshops for Senegal’s National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) drew 36 participants from government, private sector and civil society to validate and finalize preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). As with previous workshops over the past year, the four-day workshop on September 19-22, 2017, was… Read More

Hub trains customs officials as Sierra Leone gets ready to export under AGOA

Seven Sierra Leonean customs officers attended the Trade Hub’s AGOA training on September 26 in Freetown. The training focused on standard operating procedures required under U.S. customs law; AGOA exports must be in compliance with these procedures. The training was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, the Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist. The training also… Read More

Creating new mango partnerships between Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria

The April 2017 Ivorian Mango Symposium created a business platform for mango stakeholders to develop new market opportunities. Following-up on discussions held during the symposium, the Trade Hub has been focusing on increasing regional and global exports in the mango sector by linking West African producers with international buyers and sellers of fresh and processed… Read More

Burkinabé officials agree on steps to make AGOA textile visa operational

Burkina Faso became eligible to export under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in December 2004, and eligible to export textiles under AGOA in August 2006. One of the AGOA requirements for textiles benefits concerns the establishment of an AGOA visa system for the export of apparel and textile products to the United States.… 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

Benin prepares for duty-free apparel exports to the U.S.

Benin took the necessary steps toward duty-free exporting for clothing with an August 29 training of senior customs officials in standard operating systems of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In June, the Trade Hub’s AGOA Specialist Mr. Kara Diallo trained officials on AGOA and afterward urged the customs administration and the Ministry… Read More

Cereals traders in Ghana’s Central Region learn lessons in contracting in last cascade training

For more than 40 years, Ms. Grace Attah, like many Ghanaian cereal traders, has transacted business orally and totally based on trust. But after attending the last in a series of cascade trainings in Ghana on best contracting practices for cereals, she says she is ready to apply new skills in her business. Ms. Attah… 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

On road to certification, Trade Hub organizes first-aid training for Ghanaian mango farmers

Four mango farmers’ associations in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Volta regions trained in safety measures, including basic first aid and how to handle emergencies—a requirement for GlobalG.A.P. certification. The Trade Hub contracted the Ghana Red Cross Society, a GlobalG.A.P-accredited institution, to conduct 4 separate, two-day first aid trainings for 62 farmers from August 8-18.… Read More

At final meeting, Côte d’Ivoire prepares to manage WTO-TFA implementation

  The last of four workshops for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) of Côte d’Ivoire validated and finalized their preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Organized by the Trade Hub and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Aug. 15-18 meeting in Grand Bassam drew 30… Read More

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