African Business Guide
Internet Sources: INTERGOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS
This section provides access to the web resources of multilateral
and bilateral organizations providing funding, technical assistance,
and other support for private investment in the African countries.
- African Management Service
"AMSCO provides valuable management services
to privately owned African companies and commercially operated
public sector companies which governments are considering for
Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
"The objective of the Bank is to foster economic,
financial and technical cooperation between the African States
and the Arab nations."
- Bank for International Settlements
"The BIS is an international organisation which
fosters cooperation among central banks and other agencies in
pursuit of monetary and financial stability."
- European Union
Site provides general information about the EU, as
well as a searchable index of official documents, publications,
- International Chamber of
"The ICC promotes international trade, investment
and the market economy system worldwide; makes rules that govern
the conduct of business across borders; and provides essential
services, foremost among them the ICC International Court of
- International Telecommunications
As a pioneer in satellite communications and a leading
global communications provider, Intelsat connects offers wholesale
satellite communications services to customers in approximately
200 countries and territories, for voice and data communications,
corporate networks, Internet access and video services.
- Islamic Development Bank Group
Provides financial resources for economic and social
development programs of its member countries.
- League of Arab
Established in 1945, the League of Arab States has
22 members: . It has 22 members: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros,
Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania,
Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Official Web site of the Organisation for the Harmonization
in Africa of Business Law.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD)
The OECD maintains active relations with African countries,
NGOs and civil society organizations. Site includes information
on international investment and capital movements, privatization
and enterprise reforms.
- Organization of Petroleum
Official Web Site of the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC) whose members consist of eleven oil-producing
and exporting countries, from Africa, Asia, the Middle East,
and Latin America. Site includes news, announcements, publications,
member countries, general information.
- United Nations
"A meta-directory of links to UN Web sites, featuring
databases, documents, and related resources." Among the
United Nations agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organiztion
(FAO), the World Health organization (WHO), and the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) are the most active in
sub-Saharan Africa. Other UN programs in the region include
the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD), the United Nations Population Fund, and
the Protection of the Global Environment Fund.
- United Nations Development
Includes directory of UNDP Africa offices, and full
text reports of project documents and evaluation reports.
- United Nations Economic Commission
for Africa (ECA)
Homepage of this UN organization featuring information
on its objective, programs, related donor activities, and issues
- United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Established in 1964, UNCTAD is the principal organ
of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment
and development issues.
- United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization
has been working with governments, business associations and
individual companies to solve industrial problems. Site includes
a database of procurement opportunities in developing countries
and an Industrial Development Abstracts Database of UNIDO studies
and reports from technical cooperation activities, reports and
proceedings of workshops and seminars.
- World Bank Group
Official Web site of the World Bank Group, the world's
largest source of development assistance. Site includes broad-based
business and financial information, reports on research studies
and project, publications, and news sources from the following
World Bank Group Institutions:
- World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO)
"WIPO is responsible for the promotion and protection
of intellectual property throughout the world and for the administration
of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and
administrative aspects of intellectual property."
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organization deals with global rules
of trade between nations. Site features extensive online resources
on trade policy, practice, and legal text, policy reviews, news,
archives, and trade statistics on African countries and a large
database of full text official documents.