Good day to all,
Like others across the world, you are undoubtedly being confronted with the realities we all face from the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, businesses, and households are taking precautionary measures to limit this outbreak and protect civilians, colleagues, and our loved ones from infection. The Trade Hub has already implemented these measures since mid-March. Staff is currently working remotely while our physical offices are closed indefinitely in an effort to do our part and limit the spread of COVID-19 in the West African region.
Nevertheless, in these times of crisis, the Trade Hub recognizes the importance of its role as a private sector catalyst in the upcoming months. To prospect companies, research institutions, and other potential partners, I can confirm to you all that the Trade Hub will continue to be fully operational during this time. As a USAID-funded program, the Trade Hub has a responsibility more than ever to generate private investment, create jobs, and increase trade across the region thanks to the support of the U.S. Government. Many within the private sector have also expressed their continued commitment to co-investment and are reassured to see the Trade Hub operating regularly. Indeed, we are presently developing these partnerships in preparation for significant post-pandemic impact in our areas of intervention. Despite the current situation, we remain confident that our efforts will sustainably support businesses, workers, and smallholder farmers in the upcoming months.
We thank you for your continued support to the Trade Hub and look forward to implementing these co-investment partnerships in the very near future. All the best and stay safe.
Chief of Party
West Africa Trade and Investment Hub