African Commercial Publications

African Commercial Publications

From: (Arthur R. McGee) Newsgroups: soc.culture.african Date: 30 Mar 1994 20:56:25 -0600 Organization: UTexas Mail-to-News Gateway Message-ID: Subject: African Commercial Publications (fwd)

National Trade Data Bank - The Export Connection (R) ITEM ID : IT MARKET 111096682 DATE : Dec 27, 1993

AGENCY : USDOC, International Trade Administration PROGRAM : Market Research Reports TITLE : AFRICA - COMMERCIAL PUBLICATIONS - STR9312

Update sched: Monthly Data type : TEXT End year : 1993



This article is derived from a report dated December 1993, written for the U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, DC. It discusses commercial publications dealing with Africa. The article consists of 10 pages.


Following is a partial list of resources available to learn about economic conditions and business opportunities in Africa. These publications contain a wide variety of information, including:

o Country briefs o Trade and commercial policies o Marketing information o Company updates o Industry profiles o Tender announcements o Trade and Economic Statistics o Licensing information o Business contacts o Product advertisements

Several of the publishing houses listed offer additional publications which discuss African commercial and economic issues. Where possible, these additional publications are indicated in boldface.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the publishers directly to inquire about other publications and to obtain complete information on ordering subscriptions, filing news releases, or placing advertisements.

These publications are produced in the United States, Europe, and Africa, but many are available in public or university libraries throughout the United States.

In addition, the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) provides extensive economic and commercial information collected by the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce and 17 other federal agencies. The information is released monthly on Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM), and is available at more than 800 federal depository libraries. The NTDB is also available by subscription. Call (202) 482- 1986 for details.

This list of information resources is not exhaustive, and inclusion does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Department of Commerce or the U.S. Government.


AED (Africa Economic Digest) . Provides articles on economic and commercial matters, business updates by country, tender opportunities, and trade/foreign exchange statistics. . Price: $450/year . Frequency: 26 Issues/year . Subscription Contact: Media International P.O. Box 25683 Washington, DC 20007 Phone: (202) 338-4440 Fax: (202) 338-4440

. Editorial and Advertising Contact: Africa Economic Digest 26-32 Whistler Street London, N5 1NH, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71) 359-5335 Fax: [44](71) 359-9173

Africa Communications . Provides information on developments in telecommunications in Africa, including upcoming trade events. Price: $42/year Frequency: 6 Issues/year Contact: AFCOM International Inc. 1000 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 9 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 667-2111 Fax: (703) 866-5928

Africa Confidential . Discusses economic, commercial, and political trends in Africa. . Price: $265/year . Frequency: 25 Issues/year . Contact: Miramoor Publications Ltd. 73 Farringdon Road London EC1M 3JB, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71) 831-3511 Fax: [44](71) 831-6778

Africa Health . Contains sector updates, product developments, and advertisements. Circulated free of charge to doctors in Africa. . Price: $85/year . Frequency: 6 Issues/year . Other publications: Africa Health Newsletter; Modern Africa . Contact: FSG Communications 57/59 Whitechapel Road London E1 1DU, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71) 377-8413 Fax: [44](71) 375-0371

Africa Investment Monitor . Focuses on the U.S./African business trends with special articles about investments, loans, company profiles, and projects throughout Africa. Features currency exchange rates and African debt prices. . Price: $345/year . Frequency: 24 Issues/year . Contact: Africa Investment Monitor P.O. Box 25683 Washington, DC 20007 Phone: (202) 338-4440 Fax: (202) 338-4440

Africa Investment Update . Discusses African trade and investment trends and profiles significant institutions working with Africa. . Price: $30/year . Frequency: 12 Issues/year . Contact: Africa Investment Promotion Partnership 1400 35th St., SE Washington, DC 20020 Phone: (202) 789-2600 Fax: (202) 583-5519

Africa Recovery . United Nations publication; discusses economic and development trends in Africa and provides special features on upcoming events, special development projects, and new development literature. . Price: $35/year, including special briefings . Frequency: 4 Issues/year . Contact: Africa Recovery Room S-3362, United Nations New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 963-6898 Fax: (212) 486-8792

Africa Report . Contains interviews and political, economic, and cultural articles on African affairs. . Price: $37/year . Frequency: 6 Issues/year . Contact: The African American Institute 833 U.N. Plaza New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 949-5666 Fax: (212) 682-6174

. Subscription Contact: Subscription Services P.O. Box 3000 Dept. AR Denville, NJ 07834

African Business . Contains business features, sector updates, country briefings, and advertisements. . Price: $70/year . Frequency: 12 Issues/year . Editorial and Subscription Contact: IC Publications Ltd PO Box 261, Carlton House 69 Great Queen Street London, WC2B 5BN, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71) 404-4333 Fax: [44](71) 404-5336

African Review of Business and Technology . Contains updates and advertisements for selected industries. . Price: $86/year . Frequency: 12 Issues/year . Other publications: African Farming and Food Processing; African Textiles; Communications Africa . Contact: Alain Charles House 27 Wilfred Street London SW1E 6PR, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71)834-7676 Fax: [44](71)973-0076

African Technology Forum . Contains information on science and technology developments affecting Africa, including technology transfer, training and human resources. . Price: $14/year . Frequency: 4 Issues/year . Contact: African Technology Forum MIT Branch P.O. Box 171 Cambridge, MA 02139-9992 Phone or Fax: (617) 225-0339

Bulletin De L'Afrique Noire . Contains detailed summaries of political events, economic statistics, national budgets, regional organizations, donor activity in Francophone Africa. . Price: $500/year . Frequency: 52 Issues/year . Contact: Bulletin DeL'Afrique Noire 10 Rue Vineuse 75116 Paris, France Phone: [33](1)44-30-81-00 Fax: [33](1)44-30-81-11

Computers in Africa & Telecoms Update . Contains company and industry updates, country surveys, and advertisements for computers and telecommunications. . Price: $55/year . Frequency: 6 Issues/year . Other publications: Numerous newsletters and books . Contact: Africa File Limited 21 Mill Lane London, NW6 1NT, United Kingdom Phone: [44](71) 794-5308 Fax: [44](71) 435-3607

The Courier . Contains country updates and articles on selected development issues. Offers monthly operational summary of European-Community financed projects. . Price: Contact publisher . Frequency: 6 Issues/year . Contact: The Courier 200, Rue de la Loi, 5th Floor 1049 Brussels, Belgium Phone: [32](2) 235-11-11

Finance & Development . Articles and information on economic development issues, published by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. . Price: Free . Frequency: Quarterly . Contact: Finance & Development 700 19th St., NW Washington, DC 20431 Phone: (202) 623-8300 Fax: (202) 623-4738

Investment Legislation Review . Provides information on significant legal developments in Africa and the Caribbean pertaining to investment. . Price: Free . Frequency: Quarterly . Contact: Shockley & Associates 1900 L St., NW--Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 659-3310 Fax: (202) 466-9042

Marches Tropicaux et Mediterraneens . Features country and product briefings and special surveys of selected industries in Africa. Published in French. . Price: 3400FF/year . Frequency: 52 Issues/year . Contact: Marches Tropicaux et Mediterraneens 190 Boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris, France Phone: [33](1) 45-63-11-55

PTA Business . Features business developments and trends in the Preferential Trade Area member nations. Announces tender opportunities and provides space for advertisements. . Price: $87/year . Frequency: 12 Issues/year . Contact: Business Publicity and Marketing Ltd. PO Box 74258 Nairobi, Kenya Telex: 25708 KITCO KE

South . Provides country and sector updates for commerical, economic, political, and social issues in the developing world. African reports and advertisements feature prominently in each issue. . Price: $36/year . Frequency: 12 Issues/year . Contact: South Publications 230 Park Avenue, Suite 932 New York, NY 10169 Phone: (212) 682-8714 Fax: (212) 697-8280

Southern Africa Report . Covers political and economic developments in Southern Africa region, with particular emphasis on South Africa. . Price: Contact publisher . Frequency: 50 Issues/year . Contact: Southern Africa Report Association P.O. Box 261579 Excom 2023 Johannesburg, South Africa Phone: [27](11) 646-8790 Fax: [27](11) 646-2596

Southern African Economist . Contains business articles, tender opportunities, and advertisements. . Price: $77/year . Frequency: 6 Issues/year . Contact: SADCC Press Trust P.O. Box 6290 Harare, Zimbabwe

Trait d'Union . French language publication for an African audience about news in the United States. . Price: $3.00 per issue . Frequency: Monthly . Contact: Trait d'Union P.O. Box 523093 Springfield, VA 22152-3093 Tel: (703) 569-6811 Fax: (703) 569-8284

U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce News Bulletin . Contains information on business developments throughout Africa, general news from the region, and a calendar of events for the Chamber. . Price: Free to Chamber members Frequency: Monthly . Contact: Mr. Godwin H. Obaseki U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce 170 Broadway, Suite 10006 New York, New York 10038 Phone: (212) 608-1112 Fax: (212) 608-0999


Financial Times . Oriented to European events, but provides regular coverage of African commercial, economic, and political developments and runs advertisements. Occasionally provides in-depth surveys of selected African countries. . Price: $300/year . Frequency: Daily . Contact: Financial Times 14 East 60th Street PH New York, NY 10022 Phone: (212) 752-4500 Fax: (212) 753-4814

Journal of Commerce . Oriented to the U.S. market, but each issue covers a variety of global trade and investment issues. Also publishes export leads collected by U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Agriculture sources, and runs advertisements. . Price: $270/year . Frequency: Daily . Contact: Journal of Commerce 110 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 Phone: (212) 837-7000 Fax: (212) 837-7035


Africa South of the Sahara . Provides chapters on each African country which feature historical, social, and economic trends, statistics, and key addresses. . Price: Contact publisher . Frequency: Annual . Contact: Europa Publications Ltd. 18 Bedford Square London, WC1B3JN, United Kingdom

Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries . Lists 2,600 U.S. corporations and their 18,000 affiliates in 138 countries. Published in 3 volumes, with individual country lists available for purchase. . Price: $200 for 3-volume set . Frequency: Revised every 3-4 years. 13th edition available January 1994. . Contact: World Trade Academy Press 50 East 42nd St. New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 697-4999 Fax: (212) 949-4001

The Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports and Country Profiles . Provide information on a country-by-country basis for the entire world. The quarterly reports discuss business, economic, and political trends and provide statistical updates. The annual country profile provides background and historical information. . Price: $295/year . Frequency: 4 Reports/year; 1 Profile/year . Other publications: Occasional commodity and country studies . Contact: Economist Intelligence Unit Business International 215 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 460-0600

Exporters Encyclopedia . Features trade regulations, licensing requirements, and export guidance on a country-by-country basis. . Price: $545/year . Frequency: Annual . Contact: Duns Marketing Services 3 Sylvan Way Parsippany, NJ 07054 Phone: (800) 526-0651 Fax: (201) 605-6911

International Trade Reporter/Export Shipping Manual . Contains shipping information, documentary requirements, standards, label/packing requirements by country. . Price: $500/year . Frequency: Supplementary pages issued weekly . Contact: Bureau of National Affairs 1231 25th St., NW Washington, DC 20037 Phone: (202) 452-4200 Fax: (202) 452-7583

Political Risk Services Country Reports . Reports on economic/political developments, business climate, and forecasts for investment and trade. . Price: $390 per country; $225 each for two or more . Frequency: Revised annually at rate of 6-8 countries per month . Contact: Political Risk Services P.O. Box 6482 Teall Avenue, Suite 200 Syracuse, NY 13217-6482 Phone: (315) 472-1224 Fax: (315) 472-1235


A.I.D. Procurement Information Bulletin . Announces goods and services tenders for AID-financed projects worldwide, featuring product descriptions, quotation regulations, addresses, and deadlines. . Price: Free, but interested U.S. firms must fill out database application to receive announcements. . Frequency: Occasional . Contact: Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Agency for International Development Washington, DC 20523 Phone: (703) 875-1551

Commerce Business Daily . Features announcements of U.S. and foreign government tenders. . Price: $261/first class/year; $208/second class/year . Frequency: Daily . Contact: Superintendent of Documents Government Printing Office Washington, DC 20402 Phone: (202) 783-3238

Development Business . Provides project and bid announcements for the World Bank, African Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Program. Publishes the Monthly Operational Summary of the World Bank and the Quarterly Summary of the African Development Bank. Features articles on general development programs, notices of contract awards, and advertisements. . Price: $350/year . Frequency: 24 Issues/year . Contact: Development Business United Nations G.C. PO Box 5850 New York, NY 10163-5850 Phone: (212) 963-1515 Fax: (212) 963-1381

World Bank Watch . Contains advance notices of projects slated for funding by multilateral development banks and articles of development bank activities. . Price: $485 initial yr., $645 renewal . Frequency: 48 Issues/year . Contact: World Bank Watch P.O. Box 30240 Bethesda, MD 20824 Phone: (301) 654-5580 Fax: (301) 654-1678


. ITA publishes several publications which cover international trade issues and occasionally focus on African topics. Subscriptions are available through the Government Printing Office. Individual copies of most publications are available from the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB), which is available for public access at more than 800 federal depository libraries nationwide.

. Subscriptions: Superintendent of Documents Government Printing Office Washington, DC 20402 Phone: (202) 783-3238

Africa: Guide to Business Finance for U.S. Firms . This guide provides background information, eligibility requirements, and application procedures for over 80 specific finance sources for U.S. firms doing business in Africa. . Price: Available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for $17.00. Order number: PB90- 242066. Phone: (703) 487-4650 . Frequency: Occasional, last published in May 1990 . Other Publications: NTIS stocks numerous reports on African topics prepared by ITA's Office of Africa, including those on specific countries and business sectors. Contact NTIS or the Office of Africa (202) 482-4227 for a list of reports and order numbers.

Business America . Each issue reports worldwide trade, investment, and business trends. Business America periodically includes features on African commercial trends or announcements of trade fairs, business leads, and investment opportunities in Africa. . Price: $40/year for subscription; $1.75 per issue . Frequency: 24 Issues/year

Foreign Economic Trends Reports and Overseas Business Reports . Foreign Economic Trends (FET's) are prepared annually by U.S. diplomatic posts in Africa to summarize economic policies and developments in African countries. Overseas Business Reports (OBR's) are prepared on an occasional basis on selected African countries by Country Specialists in ITA's Office of Africa. They summarize country policies, regulations, and the operating climate for foreign business enterprises in African countries. Both publications are available on the National Trade Data Bank.

----------------------------- Art McGee []


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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