Africa

The mission of the U.S.-Africa Business Center is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.

The U.S.-Africa Business Center (U.S.-AfBC) is the preeminent voice in the global business community advocating for increased trade between the United States and Africa. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the U.S.-AfBC  to lead the U.S. business community in a new period of unprecedented engagement with Africa’s regional economic communities, the established African private sector, as well as small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

Since embarking on its initial Africa program in May 2009, the Chamber has made great strides in bridging the gap between U.S. business and Africa. The establishment of the Center marks the Chamber’s next step as the leader of the U.S. private sector’s commitment to Africa, with the goal of advancing policies that attract greater investment and support trade with our partners throughout the continent.

The biggest obstacles to economic engagement across Africa are the unknown and perceived risks. The Center helps both American and African companies mitigate these risks through advocacy, access, and the identification of investment opportunities.

Its relationships with key members of Congress, the administration, and foreign governments open doors for strategic dialogues that advance private sector involvement in Africa.

Through its board of directors and task forces, councils, and working groups, the Center advocates for a meaningful African focus in Washington’s trade agenda.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJan 14, 2021 - 11:00am
Trade 2021

The State of American Business: How to Revitalize America’s Global Leadership

Here are the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber's Policy Power Hour: America's Global Competitiveness on Jan. 13, 2021.

EventJan 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Global Competitiveness Key Graphic for 1/13 event

Policy Power Hour: Ensuring America's Global Competitiveness

Join us to discuss what it will take for America to remain a global leader in 2021 and beyond, including fortifying allied relationships, addressing challenges and opportunities in U.S.-China economic relations, and expanding trade and investment opportunities around the world.

EventDec 03, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Africa Nigeria Event Graphic

The Digital Economy Conference

This event will draw upon the global knowledge, expertise, and creativity that exists in industry, the public sector, entrepreneurs, and academia to discuss the emerging policy implications and the need for partnership to deliver a trusted, responsible, and inclusive digital economy in Nigeria.

Above the FoldJul 29, 2020 - 11:00am
U.S. & Kenya Negotiate a Free Trade Agreement

The U.S. and Kenya Launch Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement: Will They Succeed?

We break down the latest Free Trade negotiations between the U.S. and Kenya.

Press ReleaseJul 07, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Progress to Pursue U.S.-Kenya Trade Deal

Washington, D.C. — Scott Eisner, president of the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S.

Press ReleaseMar 19, 2020 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Stands Ready to Pursue a Comprehensive, High-Standard Trade Agreement With Kenya

Washington, D.C. — Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S.

Press ReleaseFeb 06, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber: ‘Fully Supports Pursuit of a Comprehensive, High-standard Trade Agreement with Kenya’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center today hosted President Kenyatta at its U.S.-Kenya Trade Forum in Washington. President Kenyatta’s visit coincided the announcement that the two countries would soon begin negotiations on a free trade agreement.

EventFeb 06, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

U.S.-Kenya Trade Forum: A New Era for U.S.-Kenya Strategic Partnership

President Kenyatta highlights his “Big Four” economic growth priorities and outline his vision for U.S.-Kenya trade relations and the broader regional trade landscape.

Op EdNov 08, 2019 - 1:00pm

A Market on the Rise: American Investors Committed to the Rainbow Nation

The story of U.S. investment in Africa is often overshadowed by the large sums of foreign capital arriving from China, the EU, and Turkey. We hear billion-dollar figures being tossed around, but it is hard to pinpoint who exactly is benefiting from these large investments. However, when the American private sector invests in a market, it is for the long haul and directly benefits the people of Africa, providing much-needed skills transfer, job creation, and certainty.