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Internet Sources: U.S. FEDERAL AGENCIES

The following section provides access to the web resources of United States government agencies that provide financing, guarantees and other support for trade and private investment in the African region.

  • Africa Development Foundation External Link
    Established by the US Congress in 1980 as a federal agency and a public corporation, the African Development Foundation is the principal agency of the U. S. Government that supports community-based,self-help initiatives that alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in Africa. Over the last fifteen years, ADF has funded over 1300 activities in 34 African countries.
  • Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
    "Official web site providing a variety of information on the AGOA (President Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets)."
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im)
    "The official export credit agency of the United States government. Site provides information about Ex-Im's international trade partnership program."
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
    OPIC's mission is "to mobilize and facilitate the participation of United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development of less developed countries and areas, and countries in transition from nonmarket to market economies, thereby complementing the development assistance objectives of the United States"
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    AID is the independent government agency that provides economic development and humanitarian assistance to advance U.S. economic and political interests overseas. Site includes a comprehensive Africa section, including overviews of USAID private sector projects in Africa.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Provides import/export regulations for international trading.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    The USDA also maintains the Foreign Agricultural Service (FSA) site, which includes Agricultural situation Reports for African countries prepared at U.S. embassies and other marketing data.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
    Site provides information on trade and commercial policies, economic and marketing conditions, export/import regulations, and trade promotion programs in Africa. The key agencies under the DOC that provide information on business and investment opportunities in the African countries include the following:

  • U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Information Administration
    Provides energy data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy-making. Site includes country analysis briefs on energy production for selected African countries.
  • U.S. Department of Labor.
  • U.S. Department of State
    The State Department is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, based on the role of the Secretary of State as the President's principal foreign policy advisor. The key agencies under the Department of State that provide information on business opportunties and reports on economic and trade policies in the African countries, include the following:
    • Bureau of African Affairs
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    • Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
    • Commercial and Business Affairs
    • International Finance and Development

  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    The mission of the DOT is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • U.S. Small Business Administration. Office of International Trade
    The SBA Office of International Trade (OIT) works in cooperation with other federal agencies and public and private sector groups to encourage and assist small business exports.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TD)
    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency assists in the creation of jobs for Americans by helping U.S. companies pursue overseas business opportunities. Through the funding of feasibility studies, orientation visits, specialized training grants, business workshops, and various forms of technical assistance, The Agency enables American businesses to compete for infrastructure and industrial projects in middle-income and developing countries.
  • U. S. Trade Representative
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and leading or directing negotiations with other countries on such matters. Site includes annual report on U.S. trade and development policy for sub-Saharan Africa submitted by the President.

    Other Resources

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
    Site provides contact information for committee members, committee hearings and other legislative information.
  • Last updated: 10/28/2015

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