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

Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a… 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

Cereals Exchange strengthens business prospects for new and seasoned traders alike

When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real… Read More

Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan

During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. As uncovered in an earlier Trade Hub report, agro-industries like breweries and animal feed processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo buy… Read More

Cereals associations take Trade Hub lessons in contracting to local workshops in Ghana

Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association. Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role… Read More

Stop missing AGOA opportunities, Trade Hub tells Togo ministers and exporters

In 2015, Togo exported $14,211,000 worth of goods to the U.S. Only about 10 percent—$146,000—were exported under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which waives duties on thousands of goods from eligible African countries. “In the same year, some AGOA-eligible products—including handbags, baskets and vegetables—were not exported… Read More

Planning meeting kick starts preparations for 2017 AGOA Forum

This year’s AGOA Forum, held every year for the past 16 years alternately in the U.S. or Africa, will be held in Lomé, Togo from August 8-10, 2017. The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, represented by Chief of Party Carol Adoum, participated in last week’s planning activities for this highly visible event. The Forum’s… Read More

Getting Benin back on track to export apparel under AGOA

Benin has been eligible to export its textiles duty-free under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) since January 28, 2004. However, the country has not exported much under the preferential trade agreement, largely due to a nonfunctional AGOA visa system. During a mission in Benin last November, the Trade Hub offered to train apparel… Read More

Trade Hub conducts packaging and labeling reviews of Togolese firms

Trade Hub experts, from June 7 to 11, reviewed packaging and export requirements of Togolese firms seeking to expand sales within West Africa and abroad. Drs. Thomas Butterworth and Kenneth Marsh, accompanied by the Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Mr. Jean-Didier Nacoulma, met in Togo with lead firms in the fresh and processed pineapple and mango… Read More

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