Key Business Links

U.S. Government Resources

  • Export/Import Bank of the United States: The official export credit agency of the United States federal government.  Used for the purposes of financing and insuring foreign purchases of United States goods for customers unable or unwilling to accept credit risk.
  • National IPR Center: The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR): The U.S. federal government agency that negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations.  USTR has played an instrumental role in the development trade agreements such as theAfrican Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC): The U.S. Government’s development finance institution that provides investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
  • The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA): Provides support to U.S. small businesses and small –business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency: Helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

Other Resources 

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: An organization that advocates for pro-business policies in Washington D.C.  The Chamber represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.
  • Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (API): Charged with promoting investment and facilitating market entry for investors.  Offers a range of services to potential investors including assistance to acquire the necessary licenses, certificates, approvals, authorizations and permits required by law to set up and operate a business enterprise in Burundi.