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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 Company (AMSCO) External Link
    "AMSCO provides valuable management services to privately owned African companies and commercially operated public sector companies which governments are considering for privatisation."
  • Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa External Link
    "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 External Link
    "The BIS is an international organisation which fosters cooperation among central banks and other agencies in pursuit of monetary and financial stability."
  • European Union External Link
    Site provides general information about the EU, as well as a searchable index of official documents, publications, statistics, etc.
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) External Link
    "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 Arbitration."
  • International Telecommunications Satellite INTELSAT External Link
    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 External Link
    Provides financial resources for economic and social development programs of its member countries.
  • League of Arab States External Link
    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.
  • OHADA External Link
    Official Web site of the Organisation for the Harmonization in Africa of Business Law.
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) External Link
    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 Exporting CountriesExternal Link
    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 External Link
    "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 Program (UNDP) External Link
    Includes directory of UNDP Africa offices, and full text reports of project documents and evaluation reports.
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) External Link
    Homepage of this UN organization featuring information on its objective, programs, related donor activities, and issues of focus.
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) External Link
    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) External Link
    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 External Link
    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) External Link
    "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) External Link
    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.

Last updated: 10/28/2015

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