African Business Guide
Internet Sources: BUSINESS GUIDES AND MARKET PROFILES
The following list provides access to Web resources that provide
business and commercial information on Africa, including continental,
regional and country economic, business, and investment profiles,
details of laws, regulations, procedures governing business transactions
in the African countries, and business travel information.
- International Finance Corporation
The site of the International Finance
Corporation of the World Bank provides broad-based business
and economic information for investors, including news and country
profiles. To locate individual country information, select a
region and then select "Member Countriess"
- Export Forum
Site provides information on import and export opportunities
from Africa to America, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Intelligence Agency (CIA). World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the government,
geography, people, and economies of the African countries.
- The Economist Intelligence
Unit (EIU). Country Reports
Site includes background profiles, market updates,
forecasts, statistics, and news headlines from the Economist
Intelligence Unit. Some information is fee-based.
- Ernest & Young Business Information
Site provides investment profiles for each African
country and also offers data on taxation issues, investment
incentives, types of business establishments, exchange control
regulations, etc. Select a country or region from the home page.
Edge Regional/Country Specific Information (Africa)
A extensive collection of annotated links to resources
selected by specialists at Michigan State Uniersity. Arranged
by region or country, the sites provides market information
for many African nations, as well as the region as a whole.
- Investir en Zone
Site provides business and investment information
for francophone African countries.
- Mbendi Information
Services - Countries of Africa
Site provides information on business opportunities
in the oil, chemical, mining, and other industries in the African
countries, companies and organizations active in various industry
sectors, country profiles, the leading business and government
personalities, details of conferences and exhibitions, and a
directory of products and services.
- U. S. Statement
Department. Background Notes
"Background Notes provide information on US relations
with African nations, politcal and economic trends, and travel
- U.S. Department of State. Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices
Country reports include: Key Economic Indicators;
General Policy Framework; Exchange Rate Policies; Structural
Policies; Debt Management Policies; Significant Barriers to
U.S. Exports and Investment; Export Subsidies Policies; Protection
of U.S. Intellectual Property; Worker Rights.
- U.S. State Department.
Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets
"Travel warnings are issued when the State Department
decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that
Americans avoid travel to a certain country...Consular Information
Sheets include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy
or Consulate, unusual immigration practices, health conditions,
minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations,
crime and security information, and drug penalties."
Business and Economics
Hosted by the government of the Republic of Angola,
this web site provides information on the economic, business
and trade profile of Angola. Includes links to several guides
and special reports.
Benin: Country Information
Offered by the University of Pennsylvania African
Studies Center, the site includes a great amount of information
on the business climate in Benin.
- Cote d'Ivoire: Abidjan
Site includes information on the codes for investment
in Cote d'Ivoire and other business and financial information
for entrepreneurs and investors interested in establishing a
business in the country. Includes links to diverse organizations
and associations in Cote d'Ivoire. In French.
- Gambia: Official Web Site
of The Republic of the Gambia
Developed and maintained by the Department of State
for Trade, Industry and Employment (DOSTIE) of Gambia, this
site provides general information about the country, statistical,
and trade and investment information.
& Investments in Ghana
Site includes a general overview of the business climate
and opportunities in Ghana, information about setting up a business,
financial institutions, travel and work permits, as well as,
information on the tourism sector.
- Kenya: Kenyaweb
Site provides detailed business and general information
on Kenya, including links to Kenyan television, journal, magazine,
radio and newspaper web sites.
- Mozambique: The Mozambique
This official site of the Mozambique government provides
a general country and economic overview.
- Nigeria: Nigeria Connections
Site provides Nigerian business news and links to
the homepages of the Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, the Nigerian
Stock Exchange, and to diverse Nigerian companies.
- Zambia Today
Site provides general information on the Zambia business
climate, a small company directory, and news.
Site provides general information on Zimbabwe, contact
information of important business structures such as banks,
trade organizations and government ministries and buy/sell trade
contacts. It also includes a Zimbabwe Company Database by product
and market and a Trade Statistics and Foreign Buyers and Sellers
database. Registration through Zimtrade is required to access
the Foreign Buyers and Sellers database.