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

Op EdNov 08, 2019 - 1:00pm

A Market on the Rise: American Investors Committed to the Rainbow Nation

The story of U.S. investment in Africa is often overshadowed by the large sums of foreign capital arriving from China, the EU, and Turkey. We hear billion-dollar figures being tossed around, but it is hard to pinpoint who exactly is benefiting from these large investments. However, when the American private sector invests in a market, it is for the long haul and directly benefits the people of Africa, providing much-needed skills transfer, job creation, and certainty.

Press ReleaseNov 05, 2019 - 9:45am

U.S Chamber Announces Commitment to Double American Commercial Investment in South Africa by 2025

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center announced plans to revitalize its U.S.-South Africa Business Council with the intent of doubling American commercial investment in the region by 2025. The announcement was made during the South Africa Investment Forum with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Press ReleaseNov 04, 2019 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Honors President of Kenya with Outstanding Leaders Award

KENYA – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center honored H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, with the Center’s Outstanding Leaders Award. The U.S.-Africa Business Center presented the award in recognition of the President’s exemplary leadership in economic engagement and empowerment in the East Africa region.

Above the FoldOct 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Africa farming

Des Moines Agriculture Innovations are Changing the World

The relevance of emerging technologies cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to agriculture in 21st century Africa.

EventOct 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

U.S.-Africa AgTech Forum

The day-long conference will bring together stakeholders from government, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture sector in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability by incorporating technology across agricultural value chains in support of smallholder farmers.

EventJul 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm

The 2019 Africa Business Forum

The Africa Business Forum will convene global business executives, government officials, academic leaders, and 100 Mandela Washington Fellows coming from various countries in Africa.

Above the FoldMay 02, 2019 - 4:45pm
Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (left), talks with Secretary Madeleine Albright at the Mandela Centennial Business Forum.

Madeleine Albright Talks about Mandela’s Legacy and Business’ Role in Supporting Democracy

“He really was a shining light," said the former Secretary of State.

EventApr 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Mandella 100 Event Graphic Invitation (N Mandella with title of event and speakers listed)

Mandela Centennial Business Forum

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, and the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, the U.S. Chamber's U.S.-Africa Business Center and Mandela 100 Steering Committee is convening U.S. and South African business executives, thought leaders, and civil society practitioners for a dialogue on inclusive economic growth in South Africa.

EventApr 04, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Morocco Forum

U.S.-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum

Join us at the fifth edition of the U.S.-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum—the annual gathering of business leaders, government officials, and stakeholders to discuss the development of trade between the U.S., Morocco and the rest of the African continent.

EventFeb 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Africa CSR Event Key Graphic

Africa Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility

The U.S.-Africa Business Center invites you to the U.S. launch of its inaugural report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa – Purpose and Prosperity: How U.S. Businesses are Creating Impact in Africa.