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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 FoldSep 22, 2017 - 10:45am
A city bus drives past office buildings in Lagos, Nigeria.

It Makes Good Business Sense for President Trump to Focus on Africa

Growth markets in 54 countries spread across the continent have vast potential for expanding American prosperity.

Above the FoldAug 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
L-R: Tony Weis, CIPE; Amb. Robin Sanders, FE3DS LLC, Paul Sullivan, Acrow Bridge; Ken Flechler, PIKE Corporation | Photo: Presidential Precinct

Young African Fellows Highlight Opportunities to Transform the Continent

To see other energetic young Africans like me passionately engaging passionate about U.S. business growth in African markets gave me a sense

Press ReleaseJun 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Hosts President of Mozambique for Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Business Leaders

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center today hosted President of the Republic of Mozambique H.E. Filipe Nyusi for a roundtable discussion with American business leaders. President Nyusi is the first Head of State from the African continent to visit the U.S. Chamber since the beginning of the Trump administration.

Press ReleaseJun 12, 2017 - 3:00pm

U.S.-Africa Business Center Releases Investor Confidence Indicator

Also Releases Africa Policy Recommendations for the U.S. Administration

Press ReleaseMar 09, 2017 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Official Meets with President of Ghana on Strengthening Bilateral Relationship

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of African Affairs and President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center Scott Eisner today met with His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the newly elected President of Ghana, to discuss ways to strengthen the bilateral economic relationship between the U.S. and Ghana.

ReportFeb 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Globally Connected, Locally Delivered: The Economic Impact of Cross-Border ICT Services

This report uses a model to quantify the economic impact of full liberalisation of cross-border ICT services rules globally by creating an open, competitive marketplace. The report examines a group of eight globally important markets from a diverse range of economic development, including Brazil, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Turkey, and Vietnam. Our findings demonstrate across the board benefits.

Press ReleaseFeb 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Hosts Nigerian Trade Minister for Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Business Leaders

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center today hosted Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment H.E. Okechukwu E. Enelamah for a roundtable discussion with U.S. business executives. The conversation focused on enhancing the trade and investment relationship between the U.S. and Nigeria.

Press ReleaseNov 11, 2016 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Honors President of Senegal Macky Sall with U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders' Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored H.E. Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal, with the U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders' Award. The U.S.-Africa Business Center presented the award at the U.S. Chamber in recognition of President Sall’s leadership in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

EventNov 11, 2016 - 11:00am

Governors from the Lake Region in Kenya Visit the Chamber

Governors from the Lake Region in Kenya visited the Chamber to explore opportunities for collaboration

EventNov 11, 2016 - 11:00am

U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders' Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored H.E. Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal, with the U.S.-Africa Business Center Outstanding Leaders' Award.