In Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from June 13-16 and in Dakar, Senegal from June 20-23, the Trade Hub contracted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to partner together to train National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) on effectively implementing the World Trade Organization-Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Experts from UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre (ITC)… Read More
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
The Trade Hub participated in the annual conference of Borderless Alliance—a West African trade and transport advocacy organization and Trade Hub partner—in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from May 10-12. The Trade Hub’s Mr. Chongo Mukupa, Trade and Transport Facilitation Specialist, and Mr. Kossi Dahoui, Transport Facilitation Specialist, were among the over 100 participants from the private… Read More
The Hub’s Transport Specialist, Mr. Kossi Dahoui, contributed expertise to a road show organized by the Borderless Alliance and the USAID-funded Food Across Borders program in Sikasso, southern Mali. Participants numbering about 70 included government officials, representatives of women traders associations and exporters and importers of agricultural produce as well as officials of partner projects… Read More
In direct violation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), the certificate of origin (COO) requirement hinders the free movement of agricultural goods across West African borders. The Trade Hub’s direct advocacy efforts have helped eliminate this requirement in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and now, Benin. This month, the Government of Benin agreed to… Read More
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
The Trade Hub’s efforts to ease regional agricultural trade received a major boost in mid-October when Togolese authorities issued a circular to make it illegal to ask for a certificate of origin for agricultural commodities at the country’s borders. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for demanding a bribe—violates the ECOWAS… Read More
Trade Hub will conduct an information fair on enabling environment for ETLS foods crops in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, to educate Ivorian traders on documentation required for food crop exportation. Contact person: Kossi Dahoui, Trade & Transport Specialist, Trade Hub.
The Trade Hub’s transport partner, the Borderless Alliance, successfully installed six billboards in April in Ghana along the Tema-Ouagadougou trade route to Burkina Faso, as part of its campaign to abolish road harassment along the corridor. The billboards, funded by the Trade Hub, send the message (in French and English) that truckers need to comply… Read More
Compliance training for livestock traders and transporters who ply the Tema-Ouagadougou corridor.