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

ReportFeb 13, 2019 - 3:45pm

Purpose and Prosperity: How U.S. Businesses are Creating Impact in Africa

The report showcases how U.S. corporate investments across Africa, create beneficial economic and social impact by delivering bottom line value for shareholders and communities in which they operate across the continent.

Press ReleaseDec 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy

Strategy Will Develop “Prosper Africa” Initiative to Strengthen Economic TiesWASHINGTON, D.C. — Scott Eisner, president of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center, today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy: 

Above the FoldOct 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
A Kenya Airways 787 Dreamliner lands in Nairobi, Kenya, after completing a non-stop flight from New York City. Photo credit: Kenya Airways.

New Direct Flights Between the U.S. and Kenya Unlock Opportunities for Business

Easier travel will open the door for growth in trade and services in Kenya and the broader East Africa region.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2018 - 10:45am
Mandela Washington Fellows discussed the business environment in Africa at the Africa Business Summit at the U.S. Chamber.

The Generation that will Transform Africa

Youth skills development will be central to Africa’s future

Press ReleaseAug 07, 2018 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on New Market Access for U.S. Poultry in Morocco

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) President Scott Eisner today released the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new market access for U.S.

ReportJun 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Noncommunicable Diseases In South Africa: A Call To Action

The World Health Organization predicts NCDs will become the leading cause of death in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. Productivity losses related to ill health cost South Africa 6.7% GDP a year, rising to 7.0% GDP by 2030.

ReportJun 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Economic Costs of Absenteeism, Presenteeism and Early Retirement Due to Ill Health: A Focus on South Africa

This report provides estimates of the economic cost due to productivity losses arising from absenteeism, presenteeism and early retirement due to ill health. For South Africa, these losses equate to a total of 6.7% of GDP in 2015 as shown in Table ES 1, increasing to 7.0% of GDP by 2030.

Press ReleaseMay 04, 2018 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Delegation Embarks on Executive Mission to North Africa

Visit focuses on expanding economic ties between the U.S., Algeria, and Morocco

EventApr 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:45pm
Title slide for the Morocco Trade Forum event on April 19th

U.S.-Morocco Trade Forum

This year’s forum will highlight Morocco as a premier regional partner to the U.S. private sector. The event will also profile opportunities in sectors such as energy, industry, and finance for American companies interested in doing business in Morocco.