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As business in the United States–particularly in light of the US African Growth and Opportunity Acts (1996,1997), President Clinton’s 1998 and 2000 African Visits, and other government iniatives–prepares for more direct business links with African nations, buyers,

and suppliers, information will continue to be the key to success.

Several popular publications, including magazines such as Jeune Afrique, African Profiles, Africa Today, and West Africa feature up to date information about business in Africa. The book, The African Business Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Resources for African Trade and Investment by Michael Sudarkaska (DC, 1996) contains over 400 pages of  African business specific references. There are many other print resources as well,  some of which are contained in sources mentioned earlier in this Resource Guide. (see the “Resources on Resources” section). Many of these direct business connections can be initiated through the World Wide Web.

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African Business Pages – A great place to start when you are looking to do business with enterprises on the continent


African Business Overview - Mbendi Information on the hundreds of major businesses 

Black Business Journal  resource for African-American, Caribbean & African communities.  

Business Day South Africa’s main financial newspaper.  Online edition.

Cost of Living World-wide- Salary Calculator compares salary and city of residence 

DHL Worldwide Express ships to all African countries.

FedEx - Africa  Brief info on their shipping contact in each country.

The Olsen & Associates Exchange Rates list African countries including the CFA franc.

MBendi Information Services Enormous resource on the oil, chemical, mining industries.

Nigerian Business Links  A wealth of information, contacts, directories, and business related links. Hotel and air travel information, music CDs, and more.

Africa.Com - Promotes news, business, trade, and tourism in Africa.   


Association of Business Travellers  Has hotel listings in Africa, membership fee required.

Avis Car Rental in Africa  35 African countries listed with Avis rental offices


Cape to Cairo: African Business and Adventure Travel  Specializes in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe travel

360 Cities Net      Covers African countries, links to other city web sites.

GORP Great Outdoors Recreation Pages Features National Parks sites

Conference Organizer for S. Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe.        

Standard Bank of South Africa  Profiles for countries. Foreign Trade Bulletin  Guide to Investment in SA

Transparency International  An NGO to “counter corruption in international business transactions national levels.”

U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Acts (1996, 1997)  Provides for the expansion of private sector involvement in Africa, encourages trade and investment, reduced tariffs leading to free trade zones,regional integration, and debt reduction.   .

United States. Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration.

Loaded with professional reports, abstracts, policy papers