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

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.

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.

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.

Press ReleaseOct 26, 2017 - 11:00am

U.S.-Africa Business Center Leads U.S. Delegation to Biannual Board Meeting in Nigeria

Center Lays Out Objectives for Continued Economic EngagementWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) this week led a delegation of U.S. business leaders to Nigeria for its biannual board meeting.

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