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Doing Business in Africa

Doing Business in Africa

The Doing Business in Africa campaign harnesses federal trade promotion and financing capabilities to help U.S. businesses both identify and seize upon trade and investment opportunities, furthering the United States’ commercial relationship with Africa.

The Minority Business Development Agency is poised to play an important role in the Doing Business in Africa campaign by promoting more U.S. trade with Africa through increased financing for and engagement with important stakeholders, including the African Diaspora community.

MBDA's Africa Agenda

African Flags

MBDA is particularly focused on assisting firms with access to markets on the continent of Africa because of their rapidly growing economies and increased opportunities for American firms. Africa is home to 6 of the top 10 fastest growing countries in the world and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion a year. We want to help you tap into those markets.

It is projected that by 2050, Africa’s population will reach 3 billion people. This is an exploding consumer market. MBDA is ready to assist businesses in accessing these markets and taking advantage of these opportunities.

MBDA will work with businesses and public sector partners through its network of Business Centers to help minority-owned firms broaden their platforms and launch export operations.

MBDA's Doing Business in Africa ToolBox

MBDA has helped to develop a number of products and services to help minority-owned enterprises interested in taking advantage of emerging opportunities in Africa. We encourage you to read about them below and use them.

Global Export Assistance

MBDA Business Centers
For decades, MBDA has supported expanded trade through minority-owned and operated businesses. Our network of business centers help identify export markets, facilitate global transactions, conduct international business-to-business meetings and market analysis, and assist with overseas market promotion assistance.

Access to Capital and Contracts

MBDA and Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank Partner to Increase Export Financing for Minority-Owned Businesses
The Global Outreach Alliance between MBDA and Ex-Im Bank seeks to increase access to capital for minority-owned firms and encourage participation in international commerce that ultimately will lead to job creation in America.


Explore Africa Business Opportunities from your Desk!
Submitted on 26 January 2015

Doing Business in AfricaThe Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar Series offers convenient access to the most current business outlook and opportunities in 8 dynamic markets. Six webinars, offered from February to April, focus on delivering a market overview and best practices for business success. Hear from experts include U.S. overseas senior diplomats and experienced U.S. exporters.

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Business Climate Improves in Many African Countries but Access to Electricity Remains a Challenge
Submitted on 14 November 2014

Doing Business in AfricaDoing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property.

Five of 10 countries listed for a “most improved” business climate – Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo – were in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Finding Success with Help from the African Development Bank
Submitted on 09 September 2014

Doing Business in Africa With the United States continuing its focus on doing business in Africa, we are working to connect more U.S. companies with every opportunity available on the continent. From the recent U.S.-Africa Business Forum to the upcoming DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Sub-Saharan Africa event in Atlanta, the United States has made it a priority to support U.S. companies doing business in Africa.

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Build on U.S.-Africa Business Forum by Discovering Opportunities in Africa
Submitted on 13 August 2014

Discover Global MarketsThe United States is putting full focus on doing business in Africa, following President Obama’s  U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. Business Forum co-hosts and the Department of Commerce project the event will catalyze $14 billion in new business deals.

Even though the Forum is now behind us, there are still plenty of new opportunities available in Africa, and the International Trade Administration wants to help you find them.

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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights U.S. Commitment to Doing Business In Africa
Submitted on 13 August 2014

Secretary Pritzker Joins Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business ForumOn August 5th, at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlighted a number of Commerce Department efforts to help more American businesses explore opportunities in Africa’s fast-growing markets. The Forum, focused on trade and investment opportunities on the continent, was part of President Obama’s three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest event that any U.S. president has ever convened with African heads of state or government.

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U.S. Department of Commerce & Bloomberg Philanthropies Host Inaugural "U.S.-Africa Business Forum"
Submitted on 24 July 2014

Candace Shiver, MBDA’s Special Advisor to the National Director, meets with Vivian Kleynhans, CEO of Seven Sisters WinesOn August 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on trade and investment opportunities on the continent. The U.S.-Africa Business Forum will be part of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first summit of its kind, and the largest event that any U.S. president has ever convened with African heads of state or government.

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MBDA Explores Export Markets for Minority-Owned Firms in Agribusiness
Submitted on 30 June 2014

Candace Shiver, MBDA’s Special Advisor to the National Director, meets with Vivian Kleynhans, CEO of Seven Sisters WinesThe 2014 Agribusiness and Food World Forum in Cape Town, South Africa emphasized the importance of U.S. private sector involvement and investment in the critical agriculture and agribusiness sectors of the region. In sub-Saharan Africa, the industries are projected to collectively grow from $313 billion today to $1 trillion by the year 2030.

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Why Africa?

A Fast-Growing Region

Now is a great time to do business in Africa. The continent is home to six of the ten fastest growing markets in the world. Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to be strong, between five and six percent, in the coming years. Most importantly, millions of Africans are finding a path from poverty to opportunity and prosperity. President Obama believes that Sub-Saharan Africa can be the world’s next major economic success story.

» Read the Facts


A Government-Wide Strategy

In June 2012, the President issued the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, committing the United States to elevate efforts to spur economic growth, trade, and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

» Read the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa


U.S. Department of Commerce Launches Doing Business in Africa Campaign

The Doing Business in Africa campaign will promote economic growth, trade and investment in Africa. Goals of the campaign include helping U.S. businesses identify and seize opportunities in Africa, and helping them overcome any challenges they face to establishing business relationships with Africa.

» Read the Doing Business in Africa Announcement


Helpful Resources Across the Government

Leverage the federal government’s trade promotion, financing, and strategic planning capabilities to help your U.S. business identify and seize opportunities in Africa and overcome any challenges you face in establishing business relationships with Africa.


International Trade Administration

ITA, the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace, is integrally involved in the Doing Business in Africa campaign. Visit for more information.


Strategic Planning Support

U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service can help you find potential overseas agents, distributors, sales representatives and business partners.


U.S. Export Assistance Centers

USEACs are a network of professionals providing businesses with hands-on export marketing and trade support.


U.S. Trade and Development Agency

USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions.


Export Finance Assistance


Export-Import Bank

Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees, export credit insurance, loan guarantees and direct loans.


Overseas Private Investment Corporation

OPIC provides funding through direct loans and loan guarantees to eligible investment projects in developing countries and emerging markets.


The Small Business Administration

The SBA offers the simplest export loan product that allows participating lenders to use their own forms, procedures and analyses.