At the end of 2015, the Chamber announced the formation of the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) and launched efforts 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-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Since embarking on our initial Africa program in May 2009, the Chamber has made great strides 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 U.S.-South Africa Business Council represents U.S. companies from virtually every sector participating in or looking to interact with the Southern African market, aiming to energize both governments and serving as a platform for companies to form lasting partnerships.
Research and reports
- Jul 26, 2021U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Grant Harris to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis at the Department of Commerce This Hill letter was sent to Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the Nomination of Grant Harris to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis at the Department of Commerce.
- May 13, 2021GE’s Nyimpini Mabunda Named Chair of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-South Africa Business Council WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-South Africa Business Council (US-SABC) named Nyimpini Mabunda, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Africa for General Electric (GE), as its new chair.
- May 06, 2021The Opportunities are Vast in a Potential U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement A trade agreement between the two countries would be the first of its kind between the U.S. and a sub-Saharan African country.
- Apr 28, 2021U.S.-Kenya Trade Negotiations This report is an in-depth study regarding a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Kenya, whose negotiations were launched on July 8, 2020. The report draws on insights from dozens of interviews with business executives and experts, to explore perspectives regarding FTA obligations on products and services traded between the two countries.
- Apr 28, 2021U.S. Chamber Releases In-Depth Analysis of Potential U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement WASHINGTON, DC, - Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC), in partnership with Covington and the American Chamber of Commerce Kenya, released a new in-depth analysis “U.S.-Kenya Trade Negotiations: Implications for the Future of the U.S.-Africa Trade Relationship,” examining the challenges and benefits of a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Kenya.
- Mar 09, 2021PepsiCo’s Eugene Willemsen Named Chair of U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC) named Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Middle East, South Asia at PepsiCo, as its new chair, effective March 2021.
- Mar 04, 2021The US Needs a Holistic Approach to Engaging Africa ASAP The U.S. Chamber recently shared a slate of Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress on Africa. Read them here.
- Feb 25, 2021Policy Recommendations for the New U.S. Administration: Africa The future of the U.S. export-driven economy lies in Africa. Sound investment and regulatory policies, coupled with strategic bilateral and multilateral engagements between business and government, represent the most significant opportunity to halt reversals and unlock potential growth in emerging and frontier economies across the continent. The U.S.–Africa Business Center encourages the Biden-Harris administration to move quickly to engage Africa's political and business leadership, opening new doors for U.S. and African workers and enhancing shared prosperity. Please find the Chamber's Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress on U.S. Policy towards Africa, attached.
- Jan 14, 2021The State of American Business: How to Revitalize America’s Global Leadership Here are the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber's Policy Power Hour: America's Global Competitiveness on Jan. 13, 2021.