Workshops offer training before Sierra Leone’s AGOA national strategy launch

Ahead of Sierra Leone’s U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy launch, two Trade Hub-hosted workshops for national officials focused on AGOA standards and other customs procedures. The Freetown trainings, hosted on November 15 and 16, attracted participants from Sierra Leone’s Department of Foreign Trade, the Executive Office of the Permanent Secretary, and the… Read More

Women-owned businesses and bank officials in Cote d’Ivoire learn how to bridge the finance gap

The Trade Hub rolled out the second phase of the gender access to finance strategy in Côte d’Ivoire this October to build the financial acumen of women-owned small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate financing for their businesses. As part of the strategy, the Hub’s finance and investment team organized two three-day trainings for female… 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

New ATRC grantees learn the ropes to promote AGOA advantages

Coordinators from five African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Trade Resource Centers—Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo—attended a two-day capacity building workshop from July 24-25 in Accra, Ghana. These ATRCs are recent recipients of Trade Hub grants, which they’ll use to organize AGOA promotional activities. These ATRCs join seven other export promotion institutions in… Read More

Shea butter quality trainings for AWEP in Burkina Faso

Thirty members of the Burkina Faso chapter of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) attended a three-day training-of-trainers workshop in the capital Ouagadougou on how best to process and sell high-quality shea butter in local, national and international markets. These thirty participants are AWEP’s focal points in Burkina Faso’s 13 regions and are expected to… Read More

Nuts-and-bolts organizational training for Borderless, RESIMAO

Following a 2016 organizational capacity assessment of its trade and transport partner, the Trade Hub organized a three-day training on project management and proposal development for Borderless Alliance, May 30-June 2. Ms. Carol Yee, a Trade Hub consultant, took Borderless officials through project start-up, mobilization plan, sub-contract management, field office operations, and contingency planning.  Other… 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

Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr.… Read More

Ghana customs officers trained in AGOA export documentation

International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking,… Read More

Online course: WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and Regional Trade Facilitation Rules and Regulations – English, French, Portuguese

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is organizing an ECOWAS-EU-BMZ-UNITAR online course on “WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement & Regional Trade Facilitation Rules and Regulations” in English, French, and Portuguese. More information In ENGLISH: WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement & Regional Trade Facilitation Rules and Regulations Course Dates: October 24 – November 25, 2016… Read More

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