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 FoldMay 06, 2021 - 3:30pm
Nairobi, Kenya

The Opportunities are Vast in a Potential U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement

A trade agreement between the two countries would be the first of its kind between the U.S. and a sub-Saharan African country.

ReportApr 28, 2021 - 9:00am

U.S.-Kenya Trade Negotiations

This report is an in-depth study regarding a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Kenya, whose negotiations were launched on July 8, 2020. The report draws on insights from dozens of interviews with business executives and experts, to explore perspectives regarding FTA obligations on products and services traded between the two countries.

EventApr 07, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Virtual InSTEP with Ash Carter

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a session with former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Director of the Belfer Center Ash Carter, moderated by Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius.

Press ReleaseMar 09, 2021 - 9:00am

PepsiCo’s Eugene Willemsen Named Chair of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) named Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Middle East, South Asia at PepsiCo, as its new chair, effective March 2021. 

Above the FoldMar 04, 2021 - 2:00pm
The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW in Washington, D.C.

The US Needs a Holistic Approach to Engaging Africa ASAP

The U.S. Chamber recently shared a slate of Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress on Africa. Read them here.

ReportFeb 25, 2021 - 11:00am

Policy Recommendations for the New U.S. Administration: Africa

The future of the U.S. export-driven economy lies in Africa. Sound investment and regulatory policies, coupled with strategic bilateral and multilateral engagements between business and government, represent the most significant opportunity to halt reversals and unlock potential growth in emerging and frontier economies across the continent. The U.S.–Africa Business Center encourages the Biden-Harris administration to move quickly to engage Africa's political and business leadership, opening new doors for U.S. and African workers and enhancing shared prosperity. Please find the Chamber's Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress on U.S. Policy towards Africa, attached.

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.