African Studies Center

University of Pennsylvania


Business Resources on Africa

ASC is funded by the US Department of Education to serve as a National Resource Center for the study of Africa. The Center provides outreach and consultative services on a national, regional and local basis. Ongoing collaborations with other educational institutions, government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad keep the Center in the forefront of academic and cultural developments. Through scheduled programs and its website, the Center provides vital information from and about Africa for educators, business and media groups, and the wider community.

African and Caribbean Ambassadors Meet with Area Business Leaders at Penn
Article covering an event where the Ambassadors from several African and Caribbean countries joined with Philadelphia area regional business leaders for a business roundtable discussion presented by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and hosted by the Penn Museum.

USAID: Doing Business in Africa
Comprehensive resources on systems of finance in Africa, opportunities at US federal level for enhancing trades with/in Africa, and links for relevant laws and initiatives.

World Bank: Doing Business in Africa
Resources provided by the World Bank with regard to trade and investment in Africa

African Growth and Opportunity Act
The US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was promulgated in October 2000, extends Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) status for qualifying African countries to September 2008 and expands the existing list of 4 650 GSP products by 1 837. Thirty-four sub- saharan African countries, including South Africa, qualify for AGOA.

2002 Report on US Trade Policiy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
This is a "2002 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act", prepared by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development(NEPAD)
NEPAD is designed to address the current challenges facing the African continent. Issues such as the escalating poverty levels, underdevelopment and the continued marginalisation of Africa needed a new radical intervention, spearheaded by African leaders, to develop a new Vision that would guarantee Africa’s Renewal.

Business and Law in Africa
Vast resources arranged by country and general themes on laws, and how to conduct business in Africa

Opening Africa to the World
Links to various websites on business, trade, policy issues, and commercial guides of many African countries.

Links to Trade & Finance Resources
These resources are provided by INFORMATION USA which is an authoritative resource for foreign audiences seeking information about official U.S. policies, American society, culture, and political processes.

Invent PA
Pennsylvania is a technology-driven state. In keeping with this focus, Invent PA provides easy-to-access online programs, initiatives, and assistance for businesses, communities, and individuals.

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth of each of its nearly 6,000 member companies, and the business community at large. The Chamber's main objectives are to influence business-friendly legislation in government, participate in initiatives to improve education and the community, present professional enrichment programs, and to provide our members with cost-efficient ways to run their businesses.

International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
IVC of Philadelphia is a private, non-profit organization that is the "door" to the greater Philadelphia community for guests of the U.S. Government. IVC has two divisions that handle all its work: the Center for International Development and the Center for International Business.

The Corporate Council on Africa
Since our founding in 1993, CCA has been the leading American nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to enhancing trade and investment ties between the United States and the 53 countries of Africa. The American companies that make up the Corporate Council on Africa represent nearly 85 percent of all U.S. private sector investment in Africa.

The Corporate Counsel - Africa
Resouces on Pennsylvania's state resources, opportunities in doing business with/in Africa,, and federal trade initiatives.

For inquiries please contact:
Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D
(215) 898-6610

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