Key Business Links

U.S. Government Resources

  • Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies in order to succeed in today’s global marketplace.  Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
  • 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) and the U.S.-Rwanda Bilateral Investment Treaty (PDF 2.0 MB)
  • 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.
  • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) (PDF 1.16 MB) was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. OSAC has developed into an enormously successful joint venture, with U.S. companies and organizations receiving the tools they need to cope with security issues in a foreign environment.

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.
  • Private Sector Federation (PSF): The Rwandan PSF can provide U.S. businesses with useful information on potential local business partners.
  • Rwanda Development Board (RDB): 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 Rwanda.
  • MINICOM: Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.  Responsible for facilitating the transformation of Rwanda into to a middle income economy by providing the strategic, policy, legal and financial framework for rapid economic growth.
  • MINAFFET: Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.