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.