Following the eligibility of Côte d’Ivoire to the Agoa (African Growth Opportunity Act) *, a resource AGOA Centre comes to be implemented on March 30th, 2012 in Abidjan.
Housed within the apex ci (Association for the promotion of exports from Côte d’Ivoire) located Avenue Jessie Owen at Abidjan-Plateau (in front of the Hotel TIAMA), the Centre is the fruit of the collaboration of the APEX-CI, the West Africa Trade Hub (WATH) and leading to a partnership USAID / APEX CI.
The Centre is a single window which aims to allow Ivorian companies to take full advantage of the most advanced in the U.S. market information and opportunities offered by AGOA.
The launching ceremony of the Centre was honoured by the presence of the representatives of the Prime Minister and the Ivorian Minister of trade, the United States Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, and the representative of the USAID/WATH.
It was complemented by a sensitization seminar on the benefit of AGOA to economic operators. « CRA (Centre of Agoa’s resources) has to provide to Ivorian exporters all information access to the U.S. market, and give them all the necessary technical support to secure the market in the United States shares » said Mr. M’BENGUE, CEO of apex, before highlighting that USAID has been mandated by the U.S. Government through the WATH (West African Trade Hub) to provide assistance and African required for private sector support to fully exploit the device AGOA.
The Centre is available to exporters a wide database with useful information enabling companies to understand the requirements for export to the USA.
(*) Agoa is a law whose purpose is to support the economy of African countries by facilitating their access to the American market if they follow the principles of the market economy.