USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub welcomes Mr. Kara Diallo as a new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist. Mr. Diallo will be based in the Trade Hub office in Dakar, Senegal and will coordinate and support the activities of all AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs) in West Africa. This includes managing Trade Hub-funded grants to seven ATRCs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. He will also train and assist export-ready companies, educate audiences on AGOA through sensitization workshops, and coordinate with government and private sector representatives on national AGOA export strategies.
Mr. Diallo’s in-depth experience in regional trade and AGOA outreach includes his recent position as Trade Information Manager for Borderless Alliance, a Trade Hub partner in improving the trade and transport enabling environment. There, he worked closely on trade facilitation and intraregional trade and transport issues, including overseeing seven border information centers and updating importers, exporters, traders, and transporters on customs procedures at West African borders.
Mr. Diallo previously served as Trade Advisor at the ATRC in Bamako, Mali, where he conducted all AGOA-related activities: managing communications, identifying and training export-ready companies, and building stronger relationships with relevant stakeholders in customs, the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the private sector. He has worked in various capacities for other regional development projects, including a previous iteration of the Trade Hub and the USAID Business Environment for Agile Markets project. Mr. Diallo holds an engineering diploma in agricultural sciences from the University of Blida in Algeria.
“I am very excited to join the Trade Hub and contribute to the expansion of West African exports to the US under AGOA,” said Mr. Diallo. “Trade, especially exports, leads to economic growth and ultimately job creation and prosperity. On the regional level, we are going to improve ATRC-provided services for more assistance to export-ready companies and more focus on national AGOA export strategy other parts of the country, which will also shape ongoing Trade Hub interventions in the Ivorian apparel sector.