Getting Started in the U.S.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a major role in the U.S. economy, both as a key driver of the economy and an important source of innovation, exports and jobs. The United States has always provided foreign investors a stable and welcoming market.  As a place to do business, the United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, low taxes, outstanding infrastructure, and access to the world’s most lucrative consumer market.

Invest in America is the primary U.S. Government mechanism to manage foreign direct investment promotion.  Efforts are focused on outreach to foreign governments and investors, support for state governments’ investment promotion efforts, and addressing business climate concerns by serving as ombudsman in Washington for the international investment community.

The “Invest in America” initiative, contains resources for foreign companies looking to expand into America.

At this time Embassy services are limited to U.S. companies and investors.  Invest in America is the primary U.S. Government mechanism to manage foreign direct investment promotion. Efforts are focused on outreach to foreign governments and investors, support for state governments’ investment promotion efforts, and addressing business climate concerns by serving as ombudsman in Washington for the international investment community.

The “Invest in America” initiative, contains resources for foreign companies looking to expand into America.

The USAID West Africa Trade Hub in collaboration with Cote d’Ivoire’s Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI) have opened the AGOA resource center for local producers interested in exporting their goods to the United States under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

More information about AGOA and the USAID West Africa Trade Hub’s AGOA resource center

AGOA Manual: Compliance with US Customs Laws  and Eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) (PDF 589KB)

FAQ: The U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) (PDF167KB)

AGOA ABCs  How to participate in the American market : WEST AFRICA TRADE AND INVESTMENT HUB AGOA ABCS JULY 2017 )  (PDF 2,759KB)

Additional resources for AGOA program:

1) AGOA Forum 2018 page: https://agoa.info/forum.html

2) ShareAmerica “US-Africa Trade: 5 Tips for Success”
English: https://share.america.gov/u-s-africa-trade-5-tips-for-success

3) ShareAmerica AGOA articles:
English: https://share.america.gov/?s=agoa

4) Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s speech to the just concluded AGOA Forum at Department of State:
English: https://translations.state.gov/2018/07/11/remarks-at-the-agoa-forum/