African Business Guide
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
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
- Africa Growth and Opportunity
"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)."
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
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
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
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
- U.S. Small Business
Administration. Office of International Trade
The SBA Office of International Trade (OITO 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
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.
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.
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.