Abt Associates will work with theÂ U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentÂ to manage a program in West Africa focused on trade competitiveness, food security and reduced poverty in the region.
The company said TuesdayÂ 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 Abtâs 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 andÂ West Africa Trade Hub USAID projects, Â with the goal of building up the region’s exports, jobs and investments.
Project staffers will coordinate with theÂ Economic Community of West African States out of project headquarters inÂ Accra, Ghana and offices inÂ Dakar, Senegal and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.