Togo lays groundwork for exporting opportunities

With a new national textile visa in the process of submission, Togo is priming to export apparel and textiles duty free under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On April 19, Togolese government officials and female entrepreneurs learned about opportunities and requirements for apparel and other AGOA exports at a workshop organized by… Read More

ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update… Read More

Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and… Read More

Livestock federations mobilize financial resources after Trade Hub workshops

National livestock federations in Togo and Mali have improved their financial standing—and member services—through membership fees and partner support following Trade Hub workshops, executive members said during a three-day meeting in Lomé, Togo. The Trade Hub organized the January 30-February 1 meeting to share experiences and lessons learned from the 2015 and 2016 workshops on… Read More

Approved visa signals new era of Togolese textile and apparel exports under AGOA

Last week, Togolese government officials approved Togo’s textile visa—a necessary step for Togo’s textile and apparel industry to begin exporting to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Since February, the Trade Hub has worked with Togolese officials to develop a national textile visa, with additional support from the U.S. Embassy in… Read More

Togo’s food industry learns firsthand about AGOA benefits and opportunities

More than 100 representatives of Togo’s food industry—including fruit exporters, farmers’ associations, beverage makers, and members of AWEP (African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program)—attended a Dec. 1 workshop on exporting their products, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The workshop, hosted in the capital of Lomé, was organized by USAID’s West Africa Trade… Read More

Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext… Read More

Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities… Read More

Togo seeks Trade Hub assistance to develop national AGOA strategy

Togo’s National African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) Committee has requested the Trade Hub’s assistance to develop a national AGOA export strategy to increase export earnings under the preferential trade agreement. This request follows Hub assistance to help the Committee and Ministry of Commerce to develop a national textile visa in February 2016. During the strategy… Read More

Hub’s efforts bear fruit as Certificate of Origin requirement dropped in Togo

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

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