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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

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.

Press ReleaseOct 18, 2016 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Releases New Report on Trade Facilitation in East Africa

Outlines Transformational Projects and Opportunities for U.S. Investment

ReportOct 14, 2016 - 5:15pm

Building the Future: A Look at the Economic Potential of East Africa

This report highlights the projects that have the potential to transform the future of EAC trade both regionally and globally and the ways in which U.S. firms can engage as investors and service providers.

EventSep 26, 2016 - 10:00am

Global Women’s Issues

Ministerial Breakfast on Women and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Press ReleaseSep 20, 2016 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Names Aliko Dangote Co-Chair of U.S.-Africa Business Center

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a show of further commitment to collaboration by the business communities in the United States and across Africa, today named Aliko Dangote, Africa’s most successful businessman, as the co-chair of its U.S.-Africa Business Center.

EventJul 27, 2016 - 10:11am

Africa Business

Africa Business forum to discuss today’s business environment in Africa.

EventJul 27, 2016 - 10:02am

The Future of Africa's Infrastructure

A series of panels to discuss the importance of sustained growth of African infrastructure.

Above the FoldJul 27, 2016 - 9:00am

African Fellows Build on Business Connections, Visit Chamber

We talk to participants about the impact of business back in Africa – and the lessons learned during their U.S. visit.

ReportJul 27, 2016 - 8:30am

Building the Future: A Look at the Economic Potential of East Africa

This report highlights the findings of a recent report on the Economic Outlook of East African​ Community and includes practical and achievable solutions that can help further develop trade and further develop infrastructure.

Above the FoldJul 26, 2016 - 10:30am

Trade with East Africa Presents Untapped Resources for U.S. Economy

The economic relationship between the U.S. and East Africa has improved markedly, but the opportunity for more engagement exists.