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AA419, Artists Against 419
Site about 419 and Advance Fee Fraud schemes. Has a database of fake bank web sites. Some of these fake banks claim to be in Africa.

ABN Africa Business News
Current business news, video and audio news. See also CNBC Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Africa Alumni
"A global network of African Professionals and Entrepreneurs" " membership is by invitation or by referral. In addition all membership applications are subject to approval and the staff reserves the right of admission." Directory of businesses by keywords, location or tag words. Mentoring program.

Africa Budget Watch
In English and French. Bi-annual newsletter on budgetary issues in Africa. Articles such as on the dominance of the French public finance model on francophone African legislative and public finance systems. Published by Idasa, an independent public interest organisation promoting sustainable democracy in South Africa and elsewhere. Offices in Pretoria and Cape Town.

Africa Business Forum
Site has closed. Organized by the Africa Trade and Investment Council, in conjunction with the World Bank–IMF Africa Investment Club. The 2007 Forum is June 5-7, 2007 in Washington, D.C. "Africa Business Forum 2007 will provide an opportunity for foreign investors to operate in Africa and encourage African and foreign businesses to forge partnerships."

Africa Business Information Services
"...information and analysis on business and economics in Africa." ABIS "aims to help companies and individuals come to a better understanding of African economies and make decisions about them." Includes articles on political development, the section Nigeria Business Information, a special report on Nigeria's leading banks by reporters from the Vanguard newspaper (Nigeria), "The Way Forward for Africa" by A. Bolaji Akinyemi, "Slave Trade, a Root of Contemporary African Crisis", by ABIS director, Tunde Obadina, etc. Based in the U.K.

Africa Business Pages
The Africa Business Pages are hosted by Gateway Marketing, Dubai - United Arab Emirates. They promote trade between the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

Africa Business Source
Current news, business leader profiles, meetings/conferences.

Africa Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum)
The 2015 Report cited Mauritius as the most competitive African country, South Africa was second.
Call-back service. Call from the U.S., in English or French, to any country. Has a country code list. See article (Ethies Call Home: Africalling as the Next Generation Telephone Service by: Tseday Alehegn), in Tadias magazine. Company founded by Gideon Belete and Nemo Semret. [KF]

Africa Imports
Offers for sale jewelry, wood carvings, soapstone candle holders, banana leaf art, Herero dolls. Gif and jpeg graphics of the items.

Africa Intelligence
Subscription only. Political and economic news in English and French. Provides articles, for a fee, from The Indian Ocean Newsletter, Africa Energy Intelligence, Africa Mining Intelligence, La Lettre du Continent, Maghreb Confidentiel and biographies of African leaders, published by Indigo Publications, Paris. A one year subscription (47 issues) to the Africa Energy Intelligence, by mail, is $920.00. Purchase individual articles or subscribe to individual newsletters. An email service notifies subscribers of updated articles based on your interest profile.

Africa Investor (London)
Business magazine. Links to current web news. Subscription required to read "premium" articles online.

Africa Journal (Washington, D.C.)
Published by the Corporate Council on Africa. Full text issues online.

Africa Open for Business
Film on business in Africa - Kinshasa cell phone company, Israel-based diamond company, Dakar clothing company, Daallo Airlines in Somaliland, Zambia tour operator, Taiwan-based clothing factory in Lesotho, etc. . "This one-hour documentary profiles ten companies throughout Africa, ranging from a tiny caf? in Kampala to a major flower exporter in Kenya who every night sends a 747 cargo jet full of produce and flowers to the UK market. Some operate in countries with good governance. One operates in a country with no government! What they have in common is hard work and good business sense."

Africa Phonebooks
Classifieds, arranged by type of business. Phone books for 28 countries.

Africa Portal 
Policy research on Africa. Has a Digital Library and Experts Directory. Maintained by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI, Waterloo, Canada) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA, Johannesburg). [KF]

Africa Recruit
In English and French. Recruits African professionals in Europe and North America for positions in Africa, to reverse the brain drain. Works with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and Africaserve Ltd.

Africa Rising: How 900 Million African Consumers Offer More Than You Think - by Vijay Mahajan
(Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Wharton School Pub., c2009. 260 p.) The book is online for institutions which subscribe to the Safari Books database. Business opportunities in Africa, the tenth largest economy in the world. The author is former dean of the Indian School of Business and the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

Africa Today
An electronic journal which seems to have ceased in 1997.

African Business (London)
News, selected articles. Table of contents. Requires subscription for full access. [Some universities subscribe. Stanford users see Ejournals - ProQuest and Gale have the most recent issue.]

African Conferences & Exhibitions Ltd.
Based in Liverpool, U.K., "ACE was founded in 1992 and specialises in the staging of conferences & exhibitions on the African continent." Has information on upcoming shows and a list of past events.

African Development Bank
A multinational development bank supported by 77 nations (member countries) from Africa, North and South America, Europe and Asia, headquartered in Abidjan. Speeches, press releases re loans and grants, information on each member country, a chart comparing basic indicators for all countries, resolutions and annual meeting records, projects approved, full text publications such as the Compendium of statistics on Bank Group Operations 2008. [KF]

African Diaspora Network
A nonprofit. "Since 2010, the African Diaspora Network (ADN) has energized collaboration among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, philanthropists and African diasporans." Holds an annual investment symposium. Based in San Jose.

African Economic Outlook
Information on agricultural products [Those at universities which subscribe to Source OECD can see the full text of previous editions of the annual African Economic Outlook online.]

African Financial Markets
Company information for investors. Free registration required for limited information. Subscription (£10 per month or £100 per year) required for full access. Database of "up to 20 years" of "financial statements, share price information, director details, major shareholders, broker research, corporate news, commentary and analysis." Maintained by African Business Research Ltd., London.

African Initiatives (Paris)
In French. Venture capital company to invest in Africa's info tech private sector to promote development. Has a web directory, Africa 21. Its President is Michel Rocard, former prime minister of France (1988 to 1991) under Francois Mitterrand. [KF]

African Journal of Business and Law
Published by the Makerere University Business School, Faculty of Commerce. Vol. 1, No. 1, November 2007 is on-line (108 p. in PDF) - articles on African business schools, Uganda's oil and gas revenues, intellectual property rights, diasporas and remittances, BRICs and Africa's fragile states.

African Journal of Finance and Management (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Published by the The Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Has the table of contents and abstracts.

African Leadership and Progress Network
Reports, papers, articles on Governance, Transparency, Corruption, Natural Resource Management, The Resource Curse. "ALPN is a network of African and non-African professionals who are strongly dedicated to utilizing innovative and entrepreneurial approaches for fostering rapid progress in Africa." Promotes "private sector-driven economic growth and poverty alleviation in African countries..." Articles on the brain drain, sources ranking African countries, the U.S. Millenium Challenge Account, a directory of Washington, D.C. events. A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and Abuja, Nigeria. [KF]

African Market
"...founded in 1996 by former Peace Corps volunteers." "African Market works with African artisans, cooperatives, and entrepreneurs to design products which can be manufactured using traditional techniques and locally available materials." Products are from Ghana, Mali, Kenya, and Morocco. Founders are  Rosie Walker and Bush Helzberg. Will send a print catalog.

African Privatization Network
"Established in November 1995, as a coalition of privatization agencies in Africa countries where the Privatisation programme is being actively implemented. The APN was set up to foster private sector participation in the economies of Africa..." Lists companies privatized, links to each countries' privatization web site.

African Retail Development Index
"The... Index ranks the top 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for retail expansion. Based on A.T. Kearney's Global Retail Development Index,...identifies... the most attractive markets today, but also.. that offer the most potential in the future. - See more at:

African Stock Exchanges - Mbendi
Information on the 14 African stock exchanges from Mbendi Information Services Ltd of South Africa.

African Trade Insurance Agency
The Official Multilateral Export Credit Agency for its African Member States. Established by African States in 2001. Provides "insurance for exports to, from and within Africa" "against political upheaval, expropriation and problems with exchange controls...." Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Afrimax, Inc.
Offers "consulting, publishing, speaking, information brokerage, and education and training. Afrimax's mission is to produce...U.S.-African business-related products and services..."  Its President is Emmanuel Nnadozie, Ph.D. Based in Kirksville, MO. Hosts the web site of the African Finance and Economics Association, a non-profit professional organization for academicians and practitioners.
Business news, mainly through Google News search. Maintained by Globex International, Boston, MA.

Attractive graphic illustrations of African economic, ICT, business facts. Maintained by Ivan Colic, an art director at Ogilvy Cape Town. - Jobs in Africa
In French. Jobs in Francophone Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Togo), France and other African countries. Site of kelAfrique, based in Martinique. http://

AGOA, African Growth and Opportunity Act
About the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). For African small and medium size businesses and U.S. businesses seeking suppliers from Africa. Has lists of products eligible for reduced tariff or duty free export to the U.S., U.S. Africa trade statistics, information on trade support bodies. An Education section has information on studying in the U.S. News, trade related events. Information on how to obtain a U.S. green card. Based in Arlington, Virginia.

Albagli, Claude
TITLE: La cr?ation d'entreprise en Afrique / sous la direction de Claude
Albagli et de Georges Henault ; preface de Bruno Ponson.
IMPRINT: Vanves (92178) : EDICEF, 1996, 207 p. In French. Has the full text of the book. - Business & Finance
Current news from African newspapers and other sources. "Registered in Mauritius, with offices in Johannesburg, Dakar, Abuja and Washington, D.C., AllAfrica is one of a family of companies that aggregate, produce and distribute news from across Africa to tens of millions of end users."

AltX, Alterantive Exchange
"The Alternative Exchange (Altx), a division of the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa (JSE), is the exciting parallel market focused on good quality small and medium sized high growth companies." Includes Young and fast-growing businesses including start-ups; Family-owned businesses; Black economic empowerment companies; and Junior mining companies. See also the New York Times article March 23, 2004, W1, W7 "South African Board Tries to Attract Listings and Interest"by Nicole Itano. [KF]

AMI Consultants
"...provides consulting services for companies that wish to conduct business in Africa, the Middle East, and other developing regions." Sponsors business conferences. Based in Phoenix, Arizona. [KF]

"...a non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa. These low-cost technologies are bought by local entrepreneurs, and used to establish highly profitable new small businesses. They create new jobs and new wealth and allow the poor to climb out of their poverty forever." Produced micro irrigation pumps, an oilseed press(which became the most popular cooking oil press for sunflower and sesame seeds in the East and Central African region), and low-cost building technologies. Based in San Francisco, California.

Ashanti Goldfields
"Ashanti Goldfields Company Ltd is an African-based international gold mining and exploration group with seven producing mines in four African countries - Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania and Zimbabwe." Includes information on explorations in West, East, and Southern Africa, production figures, annual reports, and a history of the company and of the Ashanti people.

Banks - South Africa
Ananzi - bank web sites from the South African search engine, Ananzi.
Qualisteam - based in Paris.

Banque Africaine de Developpement / African Development Bank
In French. Official site?  Has the full text of bank documents. The Bank's main office is in Abidjan; this web site is in Senegal.

Banque Centrale de Madagascar
In French. The central bank for Madagascar. Full text online of Bulletin de la Banque Centrale de Madagascar, the Rapport annuel.

Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest / Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
In French and English. The BCEAO, based in Dakar, was founded in 1962, to serve as the central bank for member states [Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, C?te d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo] of the West African Monetary Union / Union Monetaire Ouest Africaine (UMOA). Issues the CFA franc. Has press releases, etc.

Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale, BEAC
In French. Central bank for Cameroun, the Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Chad. Has statistics, full text annual reports (but files are large). Based in Yaounde, Cameroun.

Banque Nationale du Rwanda
In French. Includes statistics (price indices, external debt, etc.), Bank annual reports (full text), Rapports sur l'évolution économique et financière du Rwanda, Monetary Policy and Development of Financial Sector in Rwanda, a Seminar on Monetary Policy in Rwanda (Powerpoint presentations), Stratégie de lutte contre le SIDA à la BNR, images of the currency, and more. Based in Kigali.

Banque Ouest Africaine de D?veloppement (BOAD)
In French. The "(BOAD) est l'institution commune de financement du d?veloppement des Etats de l'Union Mon?taire Ouest Africaine (UMOA), transform?e , en une Union Economique et Mon?taire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)." "Les Etats membres de la BOAD sont : le B?nin, le Burkina, la C?te d'Ivoire, le Niger, le S?n?gal et le Togo auxquels se sont joints le Mali (Juin 84) et la Guin?e Bissau (Mai 97)." Based in Lomé, Togo.

Benin Epilogue. Part 1. Africa Ready for Business
Blog for international business people who have never been to Africa. " the how¢s and why¢s of doing business in Africa" Maintained by Benin "Mwangi" a credit analyst based in Georgia, U.S.A.

Black Business Journal
Online journal aimed at the African-American, Caribbean & African communities. Founded by Chido Nwangwu, based in Houston.

Brabys, Business Directory for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islansd
The well-known business directories for South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Seychelles, Botswana, Mauritius, Angola. Maps, product database. Brabys sells print directories, wall maps, map books.

Built in Africa
Connects the African diaspora with African startups, for Developers, Designers, & Talent accelerators. stories of companies such as Be Served, a Democratic Republic of the Congo food delivery service and Aifluence which uses artificial intelligence for marketing. [KF]

Business Action for Africa, BAA
In English and French. " international coalition of businesses committed to ending poverty in Africa" created "to build on the momentum of the Commission for Africa [2005] and the 2005 G8 [Summit]. Partners include De Beers, Shell, Rio Tinto, Standard Bank, Cisco. Seeks to improve business conditions in Africa, "promote good business practices, good governance and transparency and a more balanced view of Africa." Includes Business Leaders Statement on Commission for Africa Report. [KF]

Business Daily (Nairobi)
"...a selection of stories from the newspaper Business Daily, published .... by the Nation Media Group...... the website publishes some 20 stories a day, representing around one third of the newspaper's content." "The sub-section of stories published on the website are chosen to satisfy specialist audiences residing primarily outside the region, but with a business interest in East Africa." Includes IT news.

Business Day (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Online edition of South Africa's main financial newspaper. Stock exchange news, back issues (which are keyword searchable), a Document archive will have publications such as the national budget, white papers, company announcements, has a free, for now, personalized news service, one can email questions about doing business in South Africa, there is a discussion forum, glossary of financial terms, an economic calendar of events. KF

Business in Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Has the table of contents of the latest issue and selected full text articles online. Began publication in 1993 as SAFARA Magazine, became Business in Africa in 1996. Based in Rivonia, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Business in Cameroon

Business Kenya
Discussion list (non-profit) to bring together all who have an interest in doing business in East Africa and those who already have running businesses here. It will discuss the many pitfalls & benefits of doing business...."
To join, write:

Business Leadership South Africa
" independent association of the Chief Executive Officers and Chairmen representing the diversity of South African big business leadership, as well as the major multinational investors in South Africa." Full text Occasional Papers and other publications online (Reforming Telecommunications in South Africa, Telecommunications prices in South Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa, African Growth and Opportunity Act, Corporate Social Investment in South Africa, etc.). Formerly the South Africa Foundation. Based in Johannesburg.

Cape Business News
Monthly newsletter. Has a business directory and a trade enquiries section where businesses can seek South African vendors/suppliers. Established in 1980 as a business newspaper for the Cape.

"Careernation is an international human resources management-consulting firm with a focus on the African continent." Job opportunities in Africa for those with professional degrees. " You must register (free registration) to apply for jobs online. Companies may list jobs online. Based in New York City. Maintained by Victor Madubuko.

Careers in Africa
" initiative by Global Career Company (GCC) - aims to bring together internationally based African graduates and professionals who are seeking careers back in Africa with leading multinational companies. We achieve this through ongoing recruitment activities and an annual recruitment event in London." The Career Survey provides graduates' job expectations. Site based in New York City. [KF]

Carleton University. Country Indicators for Foreign Policy (CIFP)
Provides country rankings, on-line presentations and a mapping component, risk assessments, regional conflict analysis, early warning research, and open-source data, measures of domestic armed conflict, governance and political instability, militarization, religious and ethnic diversity, demographic stress, economic performance, human development, environmental stress, and international linkages. "Our database currently includes statistical data measures for over hundred performance indicators for 196 countries, spanning fifteen years. These indicators are drawn from a variety of open sources." Statistics for African countries are sometimes not available. Has, in Adobe pdf, the ful text of Conflict Risk Assessment Report: West Africa: Mano River Union and Senegambia (01/04/2002) 369K; Democratic Republic of Congo: A Risk Assessment Brief (01/02/2002) 25K; Sierra Leone: A Risk Assessment Brief (01/02/2002) 35K.

Center for International Private Enterprise (Washington, D.C.)
An affiliate of the U.S.Chamber of Commerce. The CIPE has a women in business section, a directory of its partners in Africa and a Directory of Public Policy Institutes in Emerging Markets.
It's Africa section sponsored workshops on business in Africa:
Corporate Governance for Sustainable Growth: Ghana (and Nigeria)
Think Tanks As Policy Catalysts in Africa: A Capacity Building Workshop, Harare, Zimbabwe March 1999 which produced, in Adobe .pdf format, a survey by Erik Johnson, "Nongovernmental Think Tanks in Sub Saharan Africa: Surveying the Landscape."Africa and America - A Gateway for Women in Business

Chambers of Commerce
[Cameroun] Chambre de Commerce, d'industrie, des Mines et de l'Artisanat du Cameroun, CCIMAIn French and English. Based in Douala, Cameroun.
[Comoros] Chambre de Commerce Franco-ComorienneIn French. Based in Marseille, France.
Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry "...established in 1850, is the oldest non-profit institution representing the private sector in Mauritius." News. The annual, Economy in Figures, is online. Import & Export statistics by country, tariffs, taxes, starting a business, etc.
International Chamber of Commerce National Commitees in Africa listed are Burkina Faso, South Africa, Togo. Address, contact names, phone, fax, telex.
World ChambersDirectory of Chambers of Commerce.

Catham House / Royal Institute of International Affairs - Our Common Strategic Interests: Africa's Role in the Post-G8 World
By Tom Cargill. June 2010. "the overwhelmingly humanitarian interest of many Western countries and traditional partners has led to stereotyped perceptions of Africa in terms only of problems. These views are increasingly patronizing, recursive, out of touch, and a deterrent to serious business interest. Meanwhile the emerging economic powers of the G20 see Africa in terms of opportunities – as a place in which to invest, gain market share and win access to resources."

China-Africa Business Council, CABC
In Chinese. Promotes Chinese investment in Africa. The "(CABC) is jointly founded by the China Society for Promotion of the Guangcai Program, the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Commerce/China International Center for Economic & Technical Exchanges. It is a non-governmental organization." Members list, China's Africa policy, news. Based in BeiJing, China.

"Provides economic and statistical research reports for international fund managers, institutions, companies and individual investors interested in African and Caribbean stock markets and American Depositary Receipts." Investor and business news. Has full text market reports, articles on Offers (after you fill out a form) a few free company annual reports for ex. Newmont Mining Corp. Based in Franklin Park, New Jersey.

Conference - 2015  Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Nairobi, Kenya, July 25-26, 2015
"President Obama elevated entrepreneurship to the forefront of the United States’ engagement agenda during a historic speech in Cairo in 2009. Since 2010, when the U.S. hosted the first Summit in Washington, D.C., GES has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco."

Conference - World Bank Open House for African Diasporas (Washington, D.C., 2007 November 29 Thursday)
Site is closed. Meeting on "ways in which the World Bank Group can support the African Diaspora in contributing to development in their home countries, the Diaspora can support on-going and proposed Bank investments in Africa." 

Corporate Council on Africa (Washington, D.C.)
Formed in 1992.....non-profit, non-partisan, organization of American corporations and individuals "committed to developing the African private sector and strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and Africa." Information on its Sept. 2001 Summit (participants include heads of state, prime ministers, high-level U.S. officials), business events calender, press releases, etc. "Its over 170 member companies represent approx. 85 percent of American private sector investment in Africa." Organizes trade missions, has links to African government, embassy, investment sites. Publishes the Africa Journal; issues are online. [KF]

Corporate Watch
" online magazine and resource center investigate and analyze corporate activity. We are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants."   Has a guide to research on corporations. Use their keyword search to locate, for ex., information on the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline. Based in San  Francisco, CA.

[Cost of Living - Cities] Mercer Human Resource Consulting - Cost of Living and Quality of Living 2006
Ranks the top 50 cities in the Mercer 2006 Cost of Living Survey and the top 50 cities in Quality of Living.
The Most Expensive African Cities are (most expensive at the top):
No. 27 - Douala, Cameroon (was No. 22 in 2005)
No. 31 - Lagos, Nigeria (was No. 96 in 2005)
No. 41 - Lusaka, Zambia (No. 123 in 2005)
No. 45 - Abidjan (No. 26 in 2005)
No. 46 - Dakar (No. 36 in 2005)

Country Codes - International Phone Codes
AT&T provides phone country codes at two sites: and

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
"...a non-profit making body created to facilitate the Government implementation of the economic reforms and in future to encourage the wider share ownership of privatized and all the companies in Tanzania." Listed companies, market statistics, etc. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Development Executive Group
Lists mid to high level international development jobs in Africa and other countries, offered by the private sector and NGOs. Members offering employment include CARE, Deloitte East Africa, Microsoft, Catholic Relief Services, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Crown Agents, IBM Global Services, Institute of International Education, Population Council, etc. Based in Washington, D.C. [KF]

DHL Worldwide Express
Ships to all African countries. Has a package tracking page, for each African country information on offices in each country, the current local time, the international dialing code, holidays, the national flag. [KF]

Directory of Data Repositories in Africa, DODRIA
Directory of research data sets.  Formats include  formats such as Microsoft word and Excel, CSV, PDF, PNG, HTML, WMS, JSON, RDF JPEG, SHTML, CSV, SPSS and PowerPoint.

East Africa Exchange, EAX
"...a regional commodity exchange, which was established to link smallholder farmers to agricultural and financial markets to secure competitive prices for their products.....The first leg of the regional exchange platform is based in Rwanda and will trade products from within and outside Rwanda." Based in Kigali, Rwanda.

East African Business Council
"...founded in 1997 as an apex body of business associations" Promotes the "Private Sector's regional and global competitiveness in trade and investment" Members directory, covers Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda. Business Climate Index. Reports, news, events,

East African Business Week (Kampala, Uganda)
Published by East African Business Week Limited. Site of the print weekly newspaper. Business and investment news and opportunities. Technology and health news. Covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Founded May 2005. [KF]

East African Community Online Directory
Business directory, mainly for Uganda. Includes Kenya.

In English and French. "regional banking group operating in 11 English and French speaking West African Countries." "It's major shareholders are Prince Al-Waleed, Kingdom Holdings, IFC and the Developpement Finance arm of ECOWAS."

ESAfrica - Evaluation & Staffing Africa Limited
Recruitment, staffing agency. "provides a professional international recruitment and evaluation service to all industry sectors." Stories of young professionals who returned to positions in Nigeria. "Assignments have been carried out in East, Central and West Africa." Based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ethio Market
Find business partners in Ethiopia for exporters, importers, etc. Promotes "promote joint venture, management contract, lease or export market partners of local companies to the foreign and local investors." Bids/Tenders information. Search for Ethiopian companies by product. Provides visibility for Ethiopian government bodies such as the Ethiopian Customs Authority.

"...provide e-Business Management Services/tools, Consulting, Technology and eMarketing Services." "an aggregator of both vertical and horizontal groups of companies with products and services to sell in African Markets, and a matching service with and for African buyers, with related services..." Based in Oslo, Norway.

Electronic Embassy
Has the street address, phone, fax of embassies in Washington D.C. Also links to the web pages of embassies.

Ernst & Young Business Information
Has offices in 51 African countries, for each country has profiles, investment guides, oil and energy industry profiles, information on taxation. Their TaxNews International has guides to corporate and personal taxes for countries. Uses a not very intuitive search facility.
African countries:
Oil & energy:
Taxation site:

Exchange Rates

  • The Oanda Exchange Rates will provide exchange rates on any day from 1 January 1990 to the present. Includes many African countries including the CFA franc.
  • -Universal Currency Converter. Lacks many African currencies.

Executive Planet: South Afric
Business etiquette and business culture in South Africa. The Director is Phyllis Paryas.

Exhibitions for Africa
Site which advertises trade shows and conferences, mainly in South Africa.

Expo Team For Services Co. Ltd. (Khartoum, Sudan)
In Arabic and English. Private Sudanese international trade and finance brokers. Promotes investment, services (i.e locate a local agent, obtain government approvals, advertising and promotion, organizes exhibitions, undertakes P.R. campaigns for international organizations in Sudan.) Publishes the Sudan Poultry Magazine. Based in Khartoum.
"...donates 25% of its after-tax profits to charities operating in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East." Sells jewelry, wall art, soap stone chess set, handbags, accessories. Artisans receive a higher portion of the profits than in most craft sales. Company created by Harvard students Alex Captain (Moraga, CA) and others. [KF]

Fane Sepi, l'annuaire export vers l'Afrique (Paris, France)
In English and French. "12 years ago, the editor SEPI decided to encourage bilateral commercial relationships between Africa and Europe through the creation of two crucial tools : The Fane, The African database. The database assists companies seeking business in Africa. Access to information requires payment. Based on their print publication, The Fane, a directory of European companies exporting to Africa. Businesses can pay for listing in their directory.

Federation of International Trade Associations: African Trade Shows
Websites listing African trade fairs and exhibitions.


Financial Mail (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Important South African business, economic, and political print magazine. Has selected articles on the web site.

In English, French, Portuguese, Arabic. To help Africans abroad and others locate positions in Africa. Established to counter the brain drain. Has interview, resume tips. Based at AfricaServe House, 31 The Grove, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3TA, United Kingdom.

Fortune and Class Weekly (Lagos, Nigeria)
Older magazine 2010 information. Published by Fortune and Class Limited, Lagos, Nigeria.

Foundation for Democracy in Africa
A non-profit organization, formed in 1994 "to help integrate the African countries into the mainstream of the global economy." Africando, Gateway to Africa, Conference, Miami, Florida, March 10-13, 1999. "A Conference & EXPO on Business, Trade and Investment Opportunities in Africa – with a blend of art and commerce."

Ghana Export Promotion Council
"...the National Export Trade Support Institution, facilitating the development and promotion of Ghana’s Non-Traditional Exports...... 1969 as an agency of the Ministry of Trade and Industry" Market briefs have some statistics. Directory of Ghana exporters. Trade news. Based in Accra.

Ghana Stock Exchange
Directory of listed companies, members' directory, market information, press releases. The GSE is reported to be among the world's highest performing stock markets.

Global Business Council on HIV & Aids
Members include Coca Cola, AOL Time Warner, Viacom, AIG, Unilever. Encourages business to educate their employees about AIDS and remove the stigma against HIV positive workers. Its President is Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Published in 2006 The State of Business and HIV / AIDS (2006) : A Baseline Report. which reported that "more than 70 percent of companies surveyed [in high HIV prevalence parts of Africa] are fully subsidizing staff access to HIV treatment."

Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores
Sells crafts from African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, South Africa). A member of the Fair Trade Federation. Stores in the San Francisco bay area. "Global Exchange is a non-profit research, education, and action center" based in San Francisco. [KF]

Global Forum 2010 June 26-28, Cape Town, South Africa
"...the Global Forum, hosted by Fortune, TIME, and CNN, will gather global leaders in Cape Town to focus on substantive issues and opportunities in the developing world."

Gold Coast Africa, Inc.
Gifts, kente cloth stoles, and home furnishings. Will send a print catalog. Has an outlet store. Based in Madison, WI.

GoodWorks International (Atlanta, GA)
Business consulting firm facilitating business in Africa and the Caribbean. Its Chairman is Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Mayor of Atlanta. "GoodWorks is actively engaged in advising African governments on how to derive benefits from the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act."

Grundy & Associates
"Law firm specialized in Africa energy cases." "Our experience includes substantive assignments in all aspects and phases of the international oil and gas industry in over seventy countries around the world including all major producing and consuming regions, with significant experience in Africa." Based in Houston, Texas.

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance
"HEA is a platform for young African social, business, and political entrepreneurs educated in leading colleges and universities in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa." Has fellowships, internships for African students with multinational companies. 2010 CNN article on HEA.

Harvard Africa Business Conference
Premier African business conference in the U.S. 

How we made it in Africa
"online African business publication, based out of Cape Town, South Africa...... Africa’s most interesting entrepreneurs and businesspeople"  Established 2010.

Index of Economic Freedom
Index - "the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa did more to expand economic freedom in 2011 than did the countries of any other region, according to the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation." Press release on Sub-Saharan Africa.

International Finance Corporation (Washington, D.C.)
See its Africa section. The IFC is "the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world." Has 2 page country fact sheets for Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, a regional report for Africa (also in Adobe pdf).

International Investigation Services
Has a collection of financial scam letters originating from Nigeria.

International Monetary Fund
Articles, reports on economic issues, by country. Reports on the Sub-Saharan Africa Region. ttp://

International Organization of Securities Commissions
An international body of securities regulatory agencies worldwide. Find each African country equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Based in Madrid, Spain.

International Trade Centre. Intra-African Trade Promotion Programme (IATP), UNCTAd / WTO
Promote intra-African trade. Has a directory of African regional organizations, of African country trade promotion organizations, of African chambers of commerce. Based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Has full text reports such as:
"Trading Opportunities in Southern Africa: a statistical analysis"
"African Publishing and Printing Industry" (Buyers/Sellers Meeting 2000) in Adobe PDF, 1998 + 1999 reports are also available.

Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC)
"...a partnership between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)." Has a paragraph on "Nigerian Letter Scam" and their annual reports online. The 2001 report said the "Nigerian Letter Scam" was the third highest cause for complaints with 15.5% of complaints; the median amount loss was $5,575. [KF]

Investing in Africa
"...information on investment procedures, incentives, and opportunities in sub-Saharan African states." Information on the African countries was prepared between March and July 2001. Has an annotated map illustrating Burundi’s recent business activity. Maintained by James Waters.

IZF.NET, Investir en zone franc
"...a ?t? cr?? par la Commission de l'UEMOA (Union ?conomique et mon?taire de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) et par le Secr?tariat ex?cutif de la CEMAC (Communaut? ?conomique et mon?taire de l'Afrique Centrale) ? l'initiative de tous les Ministres de l'?conomie et des finances de la Zone Franc CFA, soit 14 pays. " In French. Includes the Rapport du Gouverneur de la Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale - BEAC.

In English and French. Find a job in Africa. Company started by Daniel Ahouassa. Based in El Cajon, California.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Information about companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange - the directors, no. of employees, major shareholders, address, etc. Arranged alphabetically and by sector.

Journal of African Business (Binghamton, N.Y.)
Quarterly journal on business and policy issues in reference to doing business in Africa. Edited by Dr. Sam C. Okoroafo, Professor of Marketing & International Business, University of Toledo, Ohio. Published by Haworth Press, Binghamton, N.Y.

"The world's first online lending site for microfinance." "Connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world," receive updates from the business people in Africa. Partners include the Village Enterprise Fund. CNN article, Stanford Business School interview with the co-founder. A Winner of the 2007 World Summit Award in the e-Business category. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area. [KF]

"Where the West Meets Today's African Fashion Industry." Website of Uduak Oduok, "an Attorney, Model, Journalist and Fashion Business Owner." See also her blog.with fashion news, interviews with African fashion industry entrepreneurs, African fashion web sites. and

Lagos Business School Management Review (Lagos, Nigeria)
Published by the Lagos Business School, Lagos. Has the tables of contents. Photocopies of articles can be ordered. Pay by check or money order. From the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (London).

Liquid Africa
" trading platform enabling brokers in Africa to provide their clients with access to investment through the Internet." Articles are available to subscribers only. Based in London, U.K.

Lusaka Stock Exchange
The Exchange opened on 21st February 1994.

Makerere University Business School
Publishes the African Journal of Business and Law. Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov. 2007 is on-line (108 p. in PDF). Has the full text of the Public Lectures (topics include investment opportunities, microfinance, SME sector, privatization, ICT, etc). Has an Entrepreneurship Centre, an Executive Development Programme, Leadership Centre. Based in Kampala, Uganda.

Michael Page Africa
Recruiting consultancy for managment and senior executive positions in Africa. A department of Michael Page International. Positions in North Africa, Francophone Africa and elsewhere. Separate South Africa office in Johannesburg. Offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Casablanca.

Articles on mining companies worldwide, a country section on mines, information by mining company. Use the Search Site.

Mohloli Chamber of Business
Has a Mohloli Business Guide (50 pages in PDF) and "Lesotho’s Global Competitiveness"; excerpts from The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 by Professor Klaus Schwab (2 pages in PDF). Estab. Dec. 2005. Based in Maseru, Lesotho.

Mozambique Business Portal – Club of Mozambique
Business portal promoting, facilitating business in Mozambique. For prospective investors, businesspersons, donors, and tourists. News, photographs. Free email magazine, The Investor. Brief profiles of important figures. Site Owner: Club of Mozambique, Lda.
In Portuguese. Has some items in English. Business news, business opportunities. "A, Lda. oferece Serviços de Internet para empresas e instituições sediadas em Moçambique abrangendo Desenho e Manutenção de Páginas, sua Hospedagem e Serviços de Consultoria WEB." [KF]

Nairobi Stock Exchange
Listed companies, market information, full text of their Bulletins, "In Kenya, dealing in shares and stocks started in the 1920s when the country was still a British colony."

Namibian Stock Exchange
Stock prices, how to buy and sell, history, etc. "Africa's second largest stock exchange by market capitalization."

National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, NAAMSA
Has South African automobile sales statistics, South African motor vehicle exports (from South Africa to other African countries), reports on business conditions in the South African motor vehicle manufacturing industry (from the South Africa Dept. of Trade and Industry), a directory of all members with address, phone, fax, has facts on the South African motor industry. [KF]

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation
Established in 1988, has oversight of the banking industry, protects bank depositors. Directory of insured banks and mortgage institutions, speeches of the Managing Director, bank acts, list of failed banks. Based in Abuja, Nigeria. [KF]

Nigeria. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Established by the Nigerian government to combat "crimes like Advance Fee Fraud (419), Money Laundering, etc." Full text documents such as Implication of Economic and Financial Crimes on the Nation's Economy, news, a most wanted list, and an FAQ. [KF]

Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association"NECA is the umbrella organization of employers in the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria. It was formed in 1957 to provide the forum for the Government to consult with private sector employers on socio-economic and labour policy issues." See also NECA's Network of Entrepreneurial Women.

Oakland Institute
Independent policy think tank. Special Investigation: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa (June 2011). See also press release - Harvard, Vanderbilt and many other US colleges with large endowment funds have invested heavily in African land. Reports on food security, the global land grab, critique of the Gates Foundation green revolution. Based in Oakland, California. [KF]

Oil and Gas Online
Older articles on oil in Africa. Abstracts of expensive reports (ex. $700) sold by companies. "Designed to serve the needs of oil company executives, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, oilfield service providers, company managers, business executives, and others." From Vert Markets Inc., Horsham, Pennsylvania. [KF]

Oil Industry - MBendi
An incredible amount of information on the African oil industry from a private company in South Africa. Information on individiual companies in Africa, a profile of the oil industry in each country, Ernst and Young investment guides to the countries, biographies of African ministers in charge of petroleum resources and of oil company CEOs and directors, information on the 14 African stock exchanges, on oil industry conferences, and on oil refineries in Africa.

Oilwatch Africa
"...resistance network that opposes the activities of oil companies in tropical countries." Seeks to "stop the expansion of socially destructive and environmentally damaging oil activity in the tropics..." Oil and gas news.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - African Economic Outlook 2004/2005
Pub. May 2005. Annual report on the recent economic situation with profilies of 29 African countries, a "statistical annex and a focus on small and medium enterprises issues in Africa." "From the African Development Bank and OECD Development Centre " funded by the European Commission which feeds into the NEPAD process by raising private-sector awareness and encouraging social dialogue." Past years, 2001-2003/04, are online. [KF]

Pan Africa Online Communications Network, Inc.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia. An internet service provider. Has links to businesses, African country related sites (many links are from Yahoo search results), etc. The CEO is Olumide K. Olamigoke; the President is Bola A. Ige. Affiliated with Virtual Africa (South Africa).

According to the web site, "PayMatic direct transfer service allows you to initiate account-to-account money transfer right over the internet,.... PayMatic will execute the transfer instruction 24 hours after the request and your beneficiary will have the money in his/her bank account within five business days." Operated by Lagos Analysis Corporation (LANCOR), Randolph, MA. They are a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Planet Business - Africa Directory
Has links, by country, to web based business directories, yellow pages.

Private Sector Corporate Governance Trust (PSCGT) (Nairobi, Kenya)
An independent, non-profit, established in March 1999 to promote good corporate governance in Kenya, to ensure responsive and accountable corporations, etc. Has a Sample Code for Best Practice for Corporate Governance in Kenya. The Chairperson is Hannington H. Awori. [KF]

Prosper Africa
"a U.S. Government initiative to increase trade and investment between African nations and the United States."

Railway Technology
Has a directory by country of railroads (including phone and fax) and transport ministries.

Reconnect Africa
"...for employers who recruit, manage and develop African human resources and for graduates and professionals in Africa and the Diaspora seeking opportunities in employment, business and investment in Africa." Advice on careers, interviewing, internships. African business news. Assists U.K. and African companies in preparing professionals returning to Africa. Based in London.

Reservations Hotline Online - Southern Africa
A professional conference organizer covering South Africa, also Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe. Have their own travel agency. Extensive and impressive listing of conference venues (including hotels, resorts) giving no. of accomodations, seating capacity, floor dimensions, lighting, etc. Includes photographs. Designed for the business customer.

Designed to assist companies interested in southern African trade and investment. SADC-USA is a network comprised of the 12 SADC member embassies in the U.S. Has trade, investment, economic information and the latest issue of their newsletter, SADC Today. Basic information on each country is mainly from the CIA World Factbook, has links to country-related web sites.

Sahel Technologies
Based in Downers Grove, Illinois. Sells clothing, has a directory of U.S. and Canadian African restaurants, features Chicago-area restaurants, has information in its "art gallery" on Dogon art and the Touareg, news, sports, etc.


  • AA419, Artists Against 419
    Site about 419 and Advance Fee Fraud schemes. Has a database of fake bank web sites. Some of these fake banks claim to be in Africa.
  • Apter, Andrew, "IBB = 419: Nigerian Democracy and the Politics of Illusion"
    22 p. in PDF. Apter's book chapter on Nigerian money fraud schemes and the Ibrahim B. Babangida presidential era. From the book, Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa. Edited by John L. and Jean Comaroff. (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
  • BBC - "Nigeria to Tackle E-mail Scams."
    January 26, 2004 article on the e-mail scams.
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center
    Their 2005 report says "Of those individuals who reported a dollar loss, the highest median losses were found among Nigerian letter fraud ($5,000), check fraud ($3,800), and other confidence fraud ($2,025) complainants. The 2001 report says the "Nigerian Letter Scam" was the third highest cause for complaints with 15.5% of complaints; the median amount loss was $5,575. The Center is a "partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)." [KF]
  • Nigeria. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
    Established by the Nigerian government to combat "crimes like Advance Fee Fraud (419), Money Laundering, etc." Full text documents such as Implication of Economic and Financial Crimes on the Nation's Economy, news, a most wanted list, and an FAQ. [KF]
  • Nigeria - The 419 Coalition Website
  • Nigerian 419 Scam, "Game Over!" by Brian Wizard
    Brian Wizard sells his print novel or e-book about the mail scams. 
  • Nigerian Mail Scam
    Press release from the Connecticut Attorney General regarding Nigerian mail scam.
  • Nigerian Scam
    Sam Sloan has a website collection of the scam letters. He also has an explanation about the letters and related web sites.
  • United Kingdom. West African Organised Crime Section
    Part of the U.K. government National Criminal Intelligence Service (organized crime specialists).
  • Salon magazine - "I crave your distinguished indulgence (and all your cash)" Aug. 7, 2001
    Article by Douglas Cruickshank on Nigerian mail scam lettters.
  • United States. Secret Service. Public Awareness Advisory Regarding "4-1-9" or "Advance Fee Fraud" Schemes
    "The most prevalent and successful cases of Advance Fee Fraud is the fund transfer scam. In this scheme, a company or individual will typically receive an unsolicited letter by mail from a Nigerian claiming to be a senior civil servant. In the letter, the Nigerian will inform the recipient that he is seeking a reputable foreign company or individual into whose account he can deposit funds..." Provides an explanation of the scheme in its Financial Crimes section.
    Books on this topic may be found in libraries under the Library of Congress subject headings: Swindlers and swindling--Nigeria. Fraud--Nigeria. Transnational crime--Nigeria.

Sierra Leone Yellow Pages by
Sierra Leone business listings online. Maintained by Denza LLC.

SME Club
" online community and resource center for African small businesses, based in Nigeria. We are dedicated to the sustainable growth of the SME subsector in Africa." Must register (free) to read some full text articles. "The Chief Promoter and Club President is Mr. Bassey Daniel, an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School (MBA5)." Based in Lagos, Nigeria. [KF] in your directory.
Everything about South Africa. Trade, business news, investment, interactive map, arts, government, history, travel tips, tourism, web directory, conferences, sports. South Africans abroad section. Created by the International Marketing Council of South Africa. See also the Stanford South Africa - Economy site.

South African Chamber of Business, SACOB
Has a business confidence index, trade conditions survey, press releases (Comments by the South African Chamber of Business on the Black Economic Empowerment Report, AIDS Initiative, etc.), discussion forums, national code of business conduct, energy / environment matters, recent issues of the SACOB Newsletter, links to other South African chambers of business. [KF]

South African Institute of International Affairs
Publishes business related journals and studies.

  • "The Business in Africa report series, launched in 2004, tracks the experience of South African business investments in Africa, with the view to extract policy recommendations for the creation of a more enabling business environment." Some reports are online.
  • Trade Policy Reports Full text online. Includes Engaging Asia's Biggest Tiger: Exploring the Contours of a SACU-China Trade Deal; South-South Economic Cooperation: The India-Brazil-South Africa Case; The Aerospace Industry: Prospects for Strategic Cooperation among the IBSA Countries
  • Global Best Practice Report Series Some full text reports are online such as Corporate Governance: South Africa, A Pioneer in Africa (2005)
  • eAfrica - online journal with articles on Revitalising African Banking, public-private partnerships, China and Africa, Is Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Crusade for Real?, A Business Vision for Africa, etc.

South African Search Engine - Ananzi
Search engine which only searches South African web sites, useful for locating South African business resources. By IS-Commercial of The Internet Solution Group.

Standard Bank of South Africa
One of the largest banks in South Africa. Has issues of Agri Review and At Home (home financing), its art gallery.

Stanford Africa Business Forum
The 2022 Forum main speakers were Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Nigeria; Tunde Folawiyo,Chairman, NBA Africa / Folawiyo Group; and Dr. Shikoh Gitau, CEO, Qhala.

Stanford Africa Business Forum 2021, May 15-16
Site has closed.  See their YouTube channel for 2021 sessions. The Opening Keynote was by Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman of Metis Capital Partners.

Stanford Africa Business Forum 2019 or

Stanford Africa Business Forum 2018 and SABF Facebook Page
The 2018 Forum was May 12. The 2016 Forum was April 23, 2016. In 2012 the keynote speakers included James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank (Kenya based) and Danladi Verheijen, Co-founder and CEO of Verod Capital Management in Nigeria (and Stanford MS 1999). and

Stanford Africa Business Forum 2015
Site is closed. The keynote speakers were Clare Akamanzi, Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board;  Patrick Bitature, founder and Chairman of Simba Group; Pieter de Villiers, CEO and co-founder of Clickatell, Inc.; and Jean-Louis EKRA, President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Stanford Africa Business Forum 2009
Site is closed.

Stanford Africa Business Forum, May 3, 2008
Site is closed. The keynote speakers were Bart O. Nnaji, Chairman/CEO of Geometric Power Limited, Reuben Jaja, President of USA Africa Chamber of Commerce, and Ernest Ndukwe, Executive Vice-Chairman Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC).

Stanford Africa Business Forum, April 28, 2007, Stanford University
Site is closed. This is believed to be the first Stanford African Business Forum. Forums have been held every year since. The keynote speakers were Bayo Adeniji, Director, Assets & Resource Management, and Peter N.R.O. Ogego, Kenya Ambassador to the U.S.

Stanford Graduate School of Business. Africa Business Club
"The Africa Business Club seeks to raise awareness of African business and cultures; promote discussion of economic, political, and social issues in Africa; encourage the School to increase new student outreach efforts in the region; provide a platform for students interested in careers in Africa to meet with employers; and encourage development of case studies." 

"...a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the site for the U.S. business, economic and trade community, providing authoritative information from the Federal government." The Global and National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) section has country analysis, trade opportunities in Africa.

Statistics on External Debt (Bank for International Settlements, IMF, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development, and World Bank)
"...provides the latest international data available, mainly from creditor sources, on the external debt of developing and transition countries and territories.  The information is presented in the form of a table that is updated quarterly." The site " brings together data that are currently compiled and published by the....Bank for International Settlements, IMF, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development, and World Bank on components of countries' external debt and international reserve assets."  Hosted by the OECD.

Steerage Information and Marketing (Hout Bay, South Africa)
Has an African International Shopping Mall. They participate in an ITU (International Telecommunications Union) EC-DC Pilot Project to assist government, banking and commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan African countries in the "development, establishment and marketing of their own secure on-line shopping malls - or alternatively, the opportunity to "set up shop" within the environs of the existing Steerage 'African International Shopping Mall."

Stock Exchange of Mauritius
Market statistics, company information, etc. Based in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Summit Communications - African Union
Text of a special advertising supplement in the New York Times, October 15, 2001. Covers U.S. - Africa relations, business opportunities, privitization in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali. "Summit [based in New York City] produces high-quality, informative sections that are distributed with The New York Times."

Tales from a Small Planet
First-hand stories, literature by people about living in various countries, tips, advice, stories. Produced by U.S. Foreign Service spouses. Information on travel to Angola for example.

TAN, The African Network
" non-profit organization with the sole mandate of fostering entrepreneurship and technology in Africa and among people of African descent." Holds an annual conference and networking dinners. Based in Santa Clara, California.

Management consulting (from finance, marketing and strategy specialists) for business in the developing world. Founded in 1968 by Connecticut businessman Ed Bullard who worked in Ghana. Funded by business, governments, foundations. "recognized as one of the world's "Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs" by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship." Based in Washington, D.C. [KF]

Teranga Group
In English and French. "As a whole, the TG team brings you Business and Cultural Awareness of the following countries: Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Switzerland, France, Canada and the USA." Provides services in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, Logistics and International Transportation, International Business. Provides translation services for North and West African companies looking to do business with North America and for American companies wishing to do business with North and West French, English, Arabic and Wolof. Based in Toronto, Canada. [KF]

Listing of business conferences in Africa, mainly South Africa. "Terrapinn is a business media company. Our products are trade exhibitions, conferences, training solutions and electronic and print publications." Based in Sydney, Australia.

Timbuktu Chronicles
Blog by Emeka Okafor on Africa's young entrepreneurs, technology for development in Africa, development successes and failures. "A view of Africa and Africans with a focus on entrepreneurship,technology,practical remedies and other self sustaining activities." Links to related sites. [KF]

Time Zone Page
Select a city or country, click on "Get the Time" and you will receive the current time in that location. or
Software used by African countries to provide market information via the web, email, and SMS. Provides producers and traders with prices, news stories, buy & sell offers, files & documents, contacts database, forex rates. Affiliated with Busy Internet and Technoserve. Based in Accra, Ghana.

" electronic information system that enables companies to obtain on-line export assistance and international trade and market research information. Search by African country for information on the investment climate, economic trends, political environment, commercial overview, trade financing, travel conditions, etc. "TradePortTM is a operated [sic] by TradePort Partners, LLC, an international trade/defense conversion initiative of BAYTRADE, managed by the Bay Area Economic Forum, and LA TRADE, managed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the State of California Trade & Commerce Agency."  Also find Calif. companies doing business with Nigeria or South Africa.

Transparency International
An NGO to "counter corruption in international business transactions national levels." See their Corruption Perceptions Index 2005 "Transparency International is not saying in this index that one country is more corrupt than another. We are reporting how business people, political analysts, and the general public around the globe perceive levels of corruption in different countries. We must also bear in mind that many of these business people are a part of the problem." Has national chapters in Africa. Issues of its Newsletter (1995 +) have country updates. Based in Berlin, Germany.

Uganda. Capital Markets Authority
" autonomous body responsible for promoting, developing and regulating the capital markets industry in Uganda just as regulation of banks is carried out by the Central Bank (Bank of Uganda) and insurance business is regulated by an Insurance Commission." [Similar to the U.S. SEC). Has a directory of broker/dealers, investment advisors and fund managers licensed and regulated by CMA, local equities listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange, investor education publications, issues of their Quarterly Review, the text of laws / regulations.

Uganda Export Promotion Board
Its mission is "to promote and develop Uganda's exports to a sustainable level by pragmatically popularising, dynamysing and entrepreneurialising them (exports) in the regional and International markets." Has an online Exporters Directory; select a produce and find relevant companies. Has their International Price Bulletin, an article on the role of Uganda in implementing the U.S. African Growth and Opportunities Act, and information on Uganda's main exports - Coffee, Cotton, Tea, Tobacco. E-mail: Based in Kampala.

Uganda Securities Exchange
"The Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) was licensed to operate as an approved Stock Exchange in June 1997 by the Capital Markets Authority. The USE began formal trading operations on January 1998." Based in Kampala, Uganda.

Union economique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine, UEMOA
In French. "a été créée par le Traité signé à Dakar le 10 janvier 1994 par les Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement des sept pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ayant en commun l’usage d’une monnaie commune, le F CFA." Members are Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinée Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo. Press releases, official statements, documents such as "Indice Harmonisé des Prix à la Consommation du mois d'avril 2004 )" and "Communiqué final de la réunion des Ministres en charge de la Promotion de la Femme des États membres..." Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. [KF]

United States - Africa Business Summit, 2022 July 19-22, Marrakech, Morocco
Closing on YouTube. Cérémonie de cloture du US-AFRICA SUMMIT Marrakech 2022

  • Moderator: Abdou Diop, Partner, Mazars and Chair, Africa Committee, Confédération Générale
    des Entreprises du Maroc
    Hon. Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Trade and Industry, Morocco
    Hon. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
    Hon. Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for the U.S.- Africa
    Leaders Summit, The White House
    Hon. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD
    Temitope Iluyemi, Senior Director, Global Government Relations, Africa Region, P&G
    Farouk Gumel, Group Executive Director, Tropical General Investments Group, Chairman, Union Bank of NIgeria

United States African Growth and Opportunity Act
Inlcudes links to Trade Leads and Matchmaking Services Available on the Internet. Hosts a Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, October 29-30, 2001.

U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Acts (1996, 1997)
Includes a 1997 bill introduced in the 105th Congress by Philip Crane (R IL) and 46 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill is a revised version of similar legislation introduced by Crane, in the 104th Congress. "HR 1432 provides for the expansion of private sector involvement in Africa, it encourages trade and investment, proposes reduced tariffs leading to free trade zones, assists in regional integration, and debt reduction. It establishes a new office of Assistant US Trade Representative for Sub Saharan Africa, an Equity Fund and an Infrastructure Fund both under the auspices of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.".

U.S. Department of Commerce. Export Portal
To assist people who want to do business in Africa, provides for each country - Business Information, Business Travel & Etiquette, Customs Information & Import Documentation, Financing Regulations & Contacts, General Economic Information, General Marketing Information, Hot News & Events, Key Contacts & Websites, Laws & Procedures for Licensing & Investing. Links to statistics such as "Top Ten Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa for U.S. Telecommunications Equipment Exports." Its "Historical" trade statistics go back 10 years. [KF]

United States. Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration
HTTP:// Includes the Commercial Service in Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa. There are abstracts of the Country Commercial Guides for other African countries. The full text of the Country Commercial Guides is available by subscription payment to the STAT-USA database. Ask your librarian if you have access to STAT-USA databases.  [Stanford users have access in the Jonsson Government Documents Library.] Also see the entry below for full text guides. Has U.S. Commodity Trade by Area including U.S. Trade with Africa, 1992-1996 (top 20 exports/imports). South Africa is one of the "Big Emerging Markets". [KF]

United States. Department of Commerce. Trade Compliance Center
Directory of private sources of finance for doing business in Africa. Has a bribery hotline. "If you have a complaint or a comment on foreign bribery or on implementation of the OECD antibribery convention, let us know." Has the full text of investment treaties with some African countries. Has links to Country  Commercial Guides and Trade Policy Review Summaries.

United States. Department of State. Country Commercial Guides
The "Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.

U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Comprehensive Trade and Development Policy for the Countries of Africa. The 1997 report of the United States Trade Representative on programs to spur investment, development, and trade.
The 1996 report:
The Washington Office on Africa's response to this report (Africa:US/Africa Economic Policy 960414) is on the WOA website: under: gopher://

University of California, Berkeley & Stanford University - African Innovators - Tech and Venture Capital Speaker Series  
To connect students, alumni and African Innovators.
Facebook Page

University of Pennsylvania. Wharton African Students Association

University of Stellenbosch. Centre for Chinese Studies - Weekly China Briefing
Online newsletter tracks "China business news with a special focus on Chinese trade and investment activity on the African continent."

Waahuu - Citishop Africa - Business Directory of African Businesses in Houston, Texas
Classified, business directory. Maintianed by Citishop Africa.

West African Enterprise Network, WAEN
In English and French. Launched in 1993. Promotes cross-border trade / investment. Comprised of over 300 business people from Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire,Gambia, Ghana,Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo. Has a directory of member businesses, an e-mail directory, business opportunities. Based in Accra, Ghana. WAEN is part of the African Enterprise Network. [KF]

Wharton Africa Business Forum Facebook

Wharton Africa Business Forum 2015

Wharton Africa Student Association

World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
Established under the auspices of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to help countries promote their trade and investment; based in Geneva. Has many African members.

World Bank - "Can Africa Claim The Twenty-first Century?"
"...many African countries are worse off now than they were at independence in the 1960s." "Africa has "enormous untapped potential and hidden growth reserves." "Africa is under-utilising its human capital, particularly its women." - BBC article on the report.
A World Bank summary / news release on the book has a table of infrastructure indicators and a section 'Why the Cost of Doing Business is High in Africa." The report was pub. May 31, 2000 by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the Global Coalition on Africa (GCA), the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (ECA) and the World Bank. 2000/363/AFR

World Bank - Doing Business
The Rankings site has been removed by the World Bank. The Internet Archive has preserved older Rankings information.

World Bank - Enterprise Surveys - Investment Climate Snapshots
" on the investment climate in countries, based on surveys of almost 38,000 firms." Export data to Microsoft Excel. Covers Bureaucracy, Corruption, Courts, Crime, Finance, Informality, Infrastructure, Innovation, Jobs, Tax, Trade. 

World Bank. Living Standards Measurement Study
The data sets and methodological lessons from household surveys (includes Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania). You will need to write the World Bank for some of the surveys. Others are online in Zip or Adobe PDF format. Has abstracts of LSM Working Papers such as "Unconditional Demand for Health Care in C?te d'Ivoire: Does Selection on Health Status Matter?", the full text of their Poverty Lines newsletter (ex. Eye on Sub-Saharan Africa: Population Policy, Issue #1, February 1996), and publications which have used data from the LSM studies.

World Bank Open House for African Diasporas, Washington, D.C., 2007 November 29 Thursday
Meeting on "ways in which the World Bank Group can support the African Diaspora in contributing to development in their home countries, the Diaspora can support on-going and proposed Bank investments in Africa." and

World Economic Forum on Africa 2010 May 7-10, Dar es Salaam
News releases, web casts, interviews, photos

World Ports - Africa
Information on African ports, travel, etc. Uses the CIA World Factbook and links to outside web sources for information which appears as a frame on their site.

World Trade Point Federation
Database for buyers and sellers of products. African cities are in the database with links to buyers and sellers of different products. The WTPF is an international NGO established in 2000. It "grew out of an innovative programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)." Based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Yellow Pages - Lesotho
Online business directory. From A.C. Braby, the well-known business directory publisher. or