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Abt Associates, USAID Partner for West African Trade Project; Constantin Abarbieritei Comments

Abt AssociatesAbt Associates will work with the U.S. Agency for International Development to manage a program in West Africa focused on trade competitiveness, food security and reduced poverty in the region.

The company said Tuesday it won a $48.6 million contract and will collaborate with several U.S. small businesses, local partners and associations on regional and external trade policies and practices.

Constantin Abarbieritei, division vice president for Abt’s international economic growth unit, said USAID aims to help the private sector increase trade competitiveness in West Africa.

USAID started the project, a combination of the previous Agribusiness and Trade Promotion and West Africa Trade Hub USAID projects,  with the goal of building up the region’s exports, jobs and investments.

Project staffers will coordinate with the Economic Community of West African States out of project headquarters in Accra, Ghana and offices in Dakar, Senegal and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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