Major Trade Hub Learning Event a Success 

By Michael J. Zamba

Co-investment partners, USAID, multilateral organizations and government officials learned about the USAID West Africa Trade & Investment Hub’s significant contributions to bolster economic growth, investment opportunities and employment during it hybrid Learning Event in Abuja, Nigeria, Sept. 6 & 7. 

More than 75 in-person attendees, and many more online, participated in the two-day “Leveraging Private Sector Engagement to Promote Sustainable Impact” that reflected on the progress and successes of the USAID-supported, five-year program. 

Through an innovative public-private partnership, the Trade Hub has provided co-investment grants to 93 companies and organizations in West Africa to focus on boosting exports, generating sustainable employment opportunities, addressing climate change, improving food security and more. 

For four years, the Trade Hub has generated more than 60,000 new jobs, generated $158 million in exports and attracted in excess of $319 million in private sector investment. To learn more about the Trade Hub and the Learning Event, please visit its online portal in English and French 

R-L: Jazmian D. Ohanyere, Team Lead Feed the Future Nigeria; Sara Werth, Acting Mission Director USAID/Nigeria, and Evelyn Ayivor, Senior Trade & Investment Adviser USAID/Nigeria
WACOT Rice Nigeria’s Team lead by Habiba Sulaiman the head of Strategic Partnerships at the Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.
Affiong Williams, founder and CEO of Reel Fruit, the largest fruit processing, packaging, and marketing company in Nigeria, showcasing her products to the Acting Mission Director.
R-L : Alladjodjo Dieu-Donne, CEO Promo Fruits in Togo (Grantee); Shadi Saleh, CEO Caspian in Liberia (Grantee) and Issifou Dabo, Promo Fruit, discussing possible partnerships.

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