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fDi magazine - August 2007 - African Countries of the Future awards competition - similar to the Foreign Direct Investment magazine research in other regions of the world.  There were also articles about Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the tax incentives in export processing zones in Africa, and sponsored presentations about the LADOL Free Zone in Nigeria and about Swaziland.

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Cityscape China - Shanghai June 25-27, 2008

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 Scroll down for the directory of African investment promotion agency contacts for economic development, and links to other information resources such as chambers of commerce, research sources, professional service providers, and other contacts whose work supports the planning and development of foreign direct investment projects - FDI - in Africa.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Africa.  The "Seek Advice" section outlines helpful background topics for us to support your business investment project plans.  A simple fax-back form can be downloaded for convenience.


We also welcome feedback from executives about their "lessons learned" and "proven solutions", such as useful professional service providers and other helpful contacts found though their own experience at developing and managing business operations in Africa.  We can share such insights openly or in confidence, without attribution to the sources, to help other executives and advisors benefit from such experience for their own investment plans.

While Robert Mugabe has been very critical of remarks made by US Ambassador Christopher Dell and others about what has been done to the people and economy of Zimbabwe in recent years, it should be intuitively obvious why we never receive any enquiries at all about business investment in Zimbabwe.  It has nothing to do with statements by US government officials or US government policies - or the British, either.  This breadbasket of Africa has become yet another basket case under Mugabe. Secretary Condoleeza Rice has reportedly referred to Zimbabwe as an "outpost of tyranny" in the region.  Tyrants often try to distract attention from domestic problems of their own creation by blaming everything on leaders in other countries, as Mugabe did again recently at a WFP event in Italy by blaming Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush for their policies.  He may have bluntly told US Ambassador Dell where to go, but he is clearly leading the way there.
We welcome the recent initiatives of the G8 Summit leaders, led by Tony Blair, and the Live8 concert organizers, to call world attention to the ongoing economic development and humanitarian needs and challenges of Africa, including the needs and opportunities for private sector capital investment projects and job creation by international companies.

US Department of State - background on the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland

UK government Group of 8 Summit website

The Commission for Africa

Business Action for Africa

Live8 website :

The Millennium Challenge Account initiative of President Bush focuses foreign aid on countries which implement policies that are favorable to economic development and the effective use of such aid, rather than waste through corruption and mismanagement.  At a time of budget cuts, however, such programs are often vulnerable without visible public support.

US Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs

US Agency for International Development - US AID

Note that we are not a financial institution or a source of project funding, nor are we a non-profit charity or a source of assistance for personal charity or investment decisions.  We provide links to humanitarian organizations because many executives who invest in Africa may also wish to selectively support some of the organizations which do good work there. Please help to end the scourge of "advance funds" fraud schemes and identity theft in Africa, such as those persistent e-mails offering to transfer millions of dollars.  Criminal fraud activity and corruption in Africa is a major obstacle to economic development there.  Organized crime, and even piracy in places like Somalia (ships, not software), deters foreign investment.
We maintain a selective directory of cross-border humanitarian and philanthropic services for development.  Our focus is the support of economic development anywhere in the world through professional referrals for the planning of capital investment projects by companies.

Companies and individual executives or foundations often support charitable work in Africa.

MIGA (The World Bank - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) is very actively engaged in the development of investment promotion organizations in Africa and other initiatives to build the infrastructure and capacity to support private investment there.

MIGA also publishes FDI Xchange, PrivatizationLink, and IPAnet (for investment promotion agencies).  FDI Promotion Center assists developing countries with marketing resources.

Congratulations to 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Her inspirational lecture was also broadcast through the Worldview program of Chicago Public Radio, where an audio clip is available, which is well worth hearing to capture the passion of her many years of commitment to this cause.  It is an exceptional lecture on development and the linkages between environmental issues and democratic governance and peace.  A full transcript is on the Nobel website.  She was also an inspiring guest at the National Press Club, where her comments were broadcast on C-Span.

The Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2004. "A Sustainable Environment and Peace", by Laureate Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement  (biography).  There is a special website about her work at  

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See explanation of column headings below.  All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey to summarize the benefits of their areas. If you use a Pop-Up or script blocker, please see this notice.  There are no pop-up ads on this website, but such blockers sometimes interfere with normal use of this site.
Southern Region of Africa 


Relationship Leader Website


GUIDE Network Survey Area Profile
Brand South Africa - The International Marketing Council of South Africa - IMC National promotion No No
South Africa Gateway, many resource links and map

Information portal

map of South Africa

Investment incentives info

No No
Department of Trade and Industry - DTI - South Africa new investment support National

No No
Trade and Investment South Africa - TISA - "one-stop" investment service in the DTI National No No
Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa National development finance institution No No
South African Chamber of Business National chamber
No No
National African Federated Chambers of Commerce Chambers
No No
South Africa National Economic Development and Labor Council National  No No
NEF - National Empowerment Fund - BEE - supports Black Economic Empowerment National No No
National Ports Authority of South Africa National ports No No
Eastern Cape Development Corporation - ECDC Province South Africa No No
Coega Development Corp. Industrial Development Zone - IDZ, Eastern Cape IDZ, port area

See DTI about IDZ's No No
East London IDZ, Eastern Cape - see ECDC above IDZ No No
WESGRO - The Western Cape Trade and Investment Promotion Agency IDZ No No
City of Cape Town City South Africa  No No
CSIR - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa Technology and research center No No
Gauteng Economic Development Agency Province Johannesburg area No No
Blue IQ - Gauteng provincial investment agency, cluster and infrastructure development Province South Africa No No
Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Johannesburg Chamber No No
Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIK) Province South Africa No No
Free State Development Corporation Province South Africa No No
Trade and Investment Limpopo Province South Africa No No
Mpumalanga Investment Initiative - MII Province South Africa No No
Invest North West South Africa Province South Africa No No
Northern Cape Provincial Government Province South Africa No No
Spoornet - South Africa rail Railway No No
Eskom - South Africa Electric Utility No No
Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority National     No No
Lesotho Investment Promotion Center (LIPC) National   none identified No No
Angola Institute of Foreign Investment National   none identified No No
Namibia Investment Centre National No No

City of Windhoek - Namibia

City TEL +264 61 290 2321 No No
Government of Botswana National No No
Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority - BEDIA National No No
Botswana Development Corporation Limited (BDC) National No No
Zambia Investment Centre National No No
Mozambique National   none identified No No
Madagascar National   none identified No No
Malawi Investment Promotion Agency National No No
Zimbabwe Investment Centre National No No
Eastern Region of Africa Scope     Survey Profile
Egypt General Authority for Investment (GAFI) National No No
Invest in Egypt - events National No No
Sokhna Port & Logistics Centre, Cairo, Egypt Port TEL +202 414 9944 No No
Ethiopian Investment Authority (EIA) National   none identified No No
Djibouti National Agency for Investment Promotion National   none identified No No
Kenya Investment Promotion Center National   none identified No No
Kenya Export Processing Zones Authority National No No
Tanzania Investment Center National No No
Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism National No No
Zanzibar Investment Promotion Agency (ZIPA) Regional No No
Sudan Public Investment Promotion Administration National   none identified No No
Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA) National No No
Somalia National   none identified No No
Rwanda Investment & Export Promotion Agency - RIEDA - Kigali, Rwanda National (+250) 510248  No No
Burundi National   none identified No No
Uganda Investment Authority National No No
Northern Region of Africa     Survey Profile
Algeria APSI National   none identified No No
Tunisia Foreign Investment Promotion Agency National No No
Morocco - Ministry of Finance & Foreign Inv. National No No
Moroccan American Trade and Investment Council US non-profit No No
Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement US trade guide No No
Moroccan Office for Commercial and Industrial Property Trademarks patents No No
Morocco Gateway Advantage - CMS Energy Utility, investment promotion in USA No No
Tangier Free Zone Free Trade Zone No No
Tangier-Mediterranean Special Agency Port development No No
Mauritania Dir. for the Promotion of Private Inv. National   none identified No No
Senegal National Agency for Investment Promotion National No No
The Gambia Investment Promotion and Free Zones Agency National No No
Guinea-Bissau National   none identified No No
Libyan Foreign Investment Board National No No

Sirte Depressions Connection Project - Libya

infrastructure project TEL 00218-84637381 No No
West Central Region Scope     Survey Profile
Guinea Office of Private Investment Promotion (OPIP) National No No
Sierra Leone Ministry of Trade, Industry and State Enterprises National   none identified No No
Liberia National   none identified No No
Cape Verde Center for Investment, Export and Tourism Promotion National   none identified No No
Ivory Coast Centre for Investment Promotion National   none identified No No
Vitib S.A. - Cote d'Ivoire Free Zone +225 20 300 850 No No
Burkina Faso National   none identified No No
Mali - National Center for Promotion of Investment National No No
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) National No No
Ghana Free Zones Board Free zones No No
Kumasi, Ghana City   Kumasi foreign investment report No No
Togo National   none identified No No
Benin Investment Promotion Centre National   none identified No No
Central Region of Africa Scope     Survey Profile
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission National No No
LADOL - Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Nigeria Free Zone +234 1 279 0684 No No
Calabar Free-Trade Zone, Nigeria FTZ port     No No
Niger Center for Promotion of Investments National No No
Chad National   none identified No No
Cameroon CGCI National   none identified No No
Congo (Dem. Republic) FPI National   none identified No No
Congo National   none identified No No
Equatorial Guinea National   none identified No No
Gabon Agency for Private Investment Promotion National   none identified No No
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey. (PDF)   Executives who use this service are encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey, which helps us to continuously improve, or contact us for assistance with specific projects.  We also welcome introductory contact by professional service providers with proven experience supporting capital investment projects in Africa by foreign companies, and can highlight such capabilities. The presence, absence, or position of any organization in these directories, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives and their professional advisors who may be unaware of such contacts in the region, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Refer also to our Bookshelf suggestions.

This table will highlight contact in the region and other include relevant links, such as to published GUIDE Area Profiles, Area Surveys, other GUIDE services, and websites.

We list contacts of potential interest to investors on a very selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  Suggestions are welcome for other useful sources for investors, and please report any broken website links.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :
Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
Other sources of information         

The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Refer also to the list of US Government and related information sources for these or other countries.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.  This could include leading business media in the region, professional associations, industry associations, trade promotion organizations active in the region, and other potentially relevant sources of information about establishing business operations in the region and doing business there.

"Advance fund" and related fraud schemes Website
US Secret Service advisory related to Nigerian and other "419" fraud schemes, which have now spread to other countries (South Africa, Ivory Coast and others, including Europe).

Forward scam e-mails, faxes, or letters (marked "No Financial Loss - For Your Database") to the US Secret Service, Financial Crimes Division, 419 Task Force, 950 H Street, Washington DC 20001-4518 or by e-mail to  so that they can investigate as appropriate, for which they have agents and support in Nigeria and elsewhere.  Do not expect a reply, as hundreds of such scams are reported daily.

Please note that the scams are not limited to "advance fee" fraud, duping people into giving financial account information or money.  There are variations including US visa fraud activities, and corporate identity theft (using corporate materials to create the illusion of a legitimate business transaction or references).  These are criminal activities and can be dangerous for more than financial losses.  Please report them.

The 419 Coalition Website - information about dealing with 419 fraud schemes, such as e-mails from Nigerian and other West African scammers.  This includes separate reporting instructions for messages received in countries other than the US.
FBI, US Secret Service, and CIO Magazine reporting guidelines for cyberthreat reporting (network intrusion), such as hacker attacks, viruses / worms, etc.

There is also a process for anonymous reporting of attacks on business networks known as InfraGuard run by the National Infrastructure Protection Center.


refer also to the CIO Magazine website at for related articles, such as their "Alarmed" column or articles such as "Break Glass, Pull Handle, Call FBI" at

PhoneBusters - Anti-fraud call center site operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP and Ontario Provincial Police to fight spam and advance fund scams in Canada as well as identity theft and other types of phone, fax, e-mail, Internet or mail fraud schemes
General sources of information about doing business in Africa Website  - Refer also to our Middle East directory for information on Egypt
The Corporate Council on Africa and links to African government websites

Business for Africa - website supported by the African Business Roundtable and ICC
East and Central Africa Trade Competitiveness Hub
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Southern African Development Community
Polity - Policy and Law Online News - South Africa
Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa
MBendi - website with considerable information and links for business in Africa, including a South Africa Business Digital Guidebook for sale about investing in the region, and the African Resource Network for consulting and research services
American Embassy, US & Foreign Commercial Service office, which prepares the Country Commercial Guide.  The Commercial Guides are often very detailed, with industry sector analyses as well as useful lists of local contacts in the country updated periodically by the commercial officers at the Embassies and Consulates.  This typically includes real estate firms and consultants, accountants, lawyers, and banks, as well as the suggested local processes to follow when establishing operations in the country.  They also include information on investment opportunities, trade regulations and barriers, financial transfers, intellectual property protection, the investment climate, project finance, travel considerations, trade events, and support contacts at the US Embassy   list of US Embassy offices, key contacts, and websites, such as the one for Rabat, Morocco as an example of the available content, or the US Commercial Service website for Morocco at   US Department of Commerce, Trade Information Center, through which the Country Commercial Guides can be obtained   US Department of State website, through which Background Notes about specific countries can be obtained

US Department of State - Consular Information Sheets - information on travel requirements for entry such as visas, travel warnings, currency regulations, health issues, etc.
US Center for Disease Control & Prevention - health advisories
Government trade promotion programs  
African Growth and Opportunities Act - US trade and investment for sub-Sahara Africa
US Department of Commerce - US export promotion services and trade missions    
Commercial News USA - "The showcase for American-made products and services" - official US Commerce Department export marketing magazine
US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service - promotes food exports
US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis - includes FDI data
US Trade and Development Agency   or
US Trade Representative - includes information on trade agreements
Export-Import Bank of the United States (Eximbank)
US Department of Commerce National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) - this trade information may also be helpful for some investors, also available on CD-ROM
Government foreign aid programs  
Department for International Development (DFID) - UK government department for poverty reduction and sustainable development to meet the Millennium Development Goals
BMZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
GTZ - German organization for sustainable development programs - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, working with the federal government BMZ
Canadian Industrial Development Agency - CIDA - and the Canada Fund for Africa   
International Development Research Centre - Canada
The OPEC Fund for International Development
Australian Government AusAID
New Zealand Aid and Development Agency
Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA
US Agency for International Development - refer also to the Millennium Challenge Account initiative which now guides many choices about US foreign aid programs and projects, and the US AID collaboration with GlobalGiving in the Global Development Alliance (GDA)

There are also US AID country profile sites, such as Morocco

US Agency for International Development - Trade and Investment support work, such as capacity-building initiatives which may be relevant to trade and direct investment projects
US Agency for International Development - Sub Saharan Africa initiatives
US Agency for International Development - Asia and Near East - this section covers their work in Egypt and Morocco
Private foundations and economic development initiatives in Africa refer also to the directory of humanitarian and philanthropic, non-profit services
Global Giving (Many Futures, Inc.) - set up by former World Bank staff; seeking investment in small-scale, private development initiatives such as entrepreneurial ventures rather than traditional national and multilateral aid programs and major infrastructure projects.  Provides donors with an easy process to directly support specific small-scale projects as proposed by the participating organizations.  Doesn't directly perform or control the projects.

Refer also to our Humanitarian and Philanthropic Services directory

Aga Khan Development Network - Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) - This for-profit initiative promotes economic development through business in Africa and Asia
National development programs - poverty reduction, health, education, etc.  
National Development Agency - South Africa
Independent Development Trust - South Africa
US Chambers of Commerce Website
American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana
American Chamber of Commerce, Ivory Coast none identified yet
American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco
American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa

US Chamber of Commerce

Center for International Private Enterprise - promotes democracy and market economies

International Chambers of Commerce  
International Chamber of Commerce - The world business organization
World Chambers of Commerce
Other associations of multinational businesses with interests in Africa  
African Business Roundtable (ABR) - ABR was set up by the Africa Development Bank as a network of CEO's to strengthen the African private sector.
Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)
The Business Roundtable
The Conference Board
Organization for International Investment
US Council for International Business
Research Sources  
Global directories of companies with foreign operations Refer also to our Research directory for other sources
Uniworld Business Publications, Inc. - a spin off from Simon & Schuster, publishes directories of "who owns whom" in the global marketplace, concentrating on multinational corporations and their foreign subsidiaries, affiliates and branch offices
Political and economic risk analysis  
Country Watch international news alerts
World Compliance - "know your customer" is an important governance issue now for global companies, especially in regions with problems of corruption, fraud, and atrocities.  This service helps executives to check available records about their contacts, whether for their own protection and oversight of operations and subcontractors or for regulatory compliance reasons.
Transparency International - reports on political corruption and related issues in Africa and elsewhere
Milken Institute - supports published research such as work with MIT on the global costs of "opacity" in foreign direct investment, including examples of such problems in Africa
Business Monitor International - Emerging Markets Online - macroeconomic research on many countries, subscription
PRS Group - Political Risk Services, International Country Risk Guides Country Data

Insurance related to political and economic risks for investment projects  
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
MIGA - The World Bank - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Associations and publishers related to economic development in Africa  
Development Gateway - links to many sources of information about development issues
World Economic Forum - Knowledge Navigator - includes a section with articles on foreign direct investment, country studies, etc. - and WorldLink magazine    Knowledge Navigator

The Economist magazine - frequent country and industry features, including good coverage of business development and political-economic risk issues in Africa and the Middle East

The Globalist - online features on global economy, politics, history, culture
Emerging Markets Online
BBC World Service, and Global Business Programme - generally offers more frequent and useful reporting on business issues in Africa and the Middle East than US news sources

Foreign Policy magazine - note related publications such as the Globalization Report prepared with A.T.Kearney, and the Insiders Guide to Global Research on the Web

Foreign Affairs magazine - foreign policy, with more governmental than business focus
FDI Magazine, by FT Business (The Financial Times )
Corporate Location magazine (also known for a while as SDI - Strategic Direct Investor ) is published by Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc.  In the past they also organized events for investment promotion agencies in Europe and the US.  They are now publishing a new annual magazine for WAIPA (tied to UNCTAD) called GlobalExchange
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies - supported by UNCTAD, UNIDO, OECD as well as MIGA and FIAS of the World Bank Group
Directory of Development Organizations - focus on development such as poverty reduction in developing countries - long global and regional lists of International Organizations, Governments, Private Sector Institutions, Development Agencies, Universities, Research and Training Institutes, NGOs/PDOs, Grantmakers, Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Development Consulting Firms
Demographic and economic research sources see also UN agencies and World Bank sources below
Statistics South Africa
Global Insight, Inc. - including what was formerly known as DRI (Data Resources Inc., which was part of McGraw Hill's Standard & Poor's services) and WEFA (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates), as well as Primark Decision Economics (formerly part of Thomson Financial), specializing in global economic and financial market information and analytical and advisory services.

The Economist Intelligence Unit
Central Intelligence Agency, CIA World Factbook
Woods & Poole Economics, Inc.
Nation Master - tools for comparing national statistics data across many countries
World Competitiveness Yearbook, published by IMD business school
Multilateral organizations which support economic development in Africa  
UNCTAD World Investment Directory, Volume X, Africa 2008 - Country profiles contained in each volume of this series are regularly updated and placed on the UNCTAD´s FDI statistics website Link to download report on 53 economies in Africa

UNCTAD Foreign Direct Investment statistics

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - their Global Investment Prospects Assessment (GIPA) assesses prospects for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It analyses predicted patterns of FDI flows at the global, regional, national and industry levels from the perspectives of global investors, host countries and international FDI experts.
IFC - International Finance Corporation - part of the World Bank group, promotes private sector investment in developing countries for job creation and economic growth 
Africa Development Bank - and the African Development Fund
OECD - research publications, statistics, and other work related to trade, development, and other social issues for democratic government and growth of market economies.  Initiatives include the MENA-OECD Investment Programme (Middle East and North Africa region)
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - UN ECA
The African Union Commission, formerly known as the Organization for African Unity, is behind NEPAD - The New Partnership for Africa's Development
World Trade Organization
International Trade Center - technical cooperation organization of UNCTAD and WTO, and International Trade Forum magazine
World Food Programme
Friends of WFP, Inc. - US donor support to the United Nations World Food Programme
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
US Association for UNHCR - donor to the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund
United States Fund for UNICEF - one of 37 national committees for donor support of UNICEF
United Nations Industrial Development Organization - UNIDO - promotes industrialization
Asia-Africa Investment & Technology Promotion Centre - established by UNIDO to promote business linkages for investment, trade and technology transfer from Asia to Africa.
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UN Global Compact - voluntary organization promoting business collaboration with the UN agencies and other groups regarding various development issues
Professional Service Providers - for capital investment projects to  develop business operations in Africa
Consultants to government or business for economic development in Africa  
The Development Executive Group
Development Alternatives Inc. - technical and economic consulting services to businesses and governments worldwide with expertise in such areas as policy reform, democratic governance, agribusiness, and environmental policy. They have offices in England, South Africa and Brazil and reportedly do projects such as USAID and World Bank work.
International Executive Service Corps - similar conceptually to SCORE as a network of retired executives with international experience to assist companies as they grow
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies - South Africa policy and research consultants
Corporate Real Estate Firms

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

Colliers International - Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg   
Regus - furnished, staffed, and equipped offices on short-term leases, plus meeting rooms, videoconferencing, and temporary (daily) space which may be useful to project teams needing a place to operate in an area during planning or startup work   for list of offices in over 300 locations worldwide

including Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia

Residential real estate  
The Property Magazine - Cape Town and Gauteng province (Johannesburg)
Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

Buck Consultants International - global business site selection consulting, based in the Netherlands with offices and alliances with professionals in various countries
IBM Business Consulting Services - Plant Location International - advisory services for business site selection decisions, and economic development consulting services
Koios Associates LLC - trade development and investment promotion consulting experience in south Africa, sub-Saharan and east Africa as well as the Middle East
Trade promotion services  
World Trade Centers Association
Tax Advisors, Human Resources (International Assignments), and Legal Consultants

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors, human resources specialists, and international legal advisors.

PricewaterhouseCoopers - tax practice publishes "Doing Business in ... " country guides, and their International Assignment Solutions group assists companies with human resources and tax compliance issues as executives are assigned to other countries.

In Africa, over 4300 partners and staff operate out of 36 countries (July 2005).

PwC Southern Africa  - Doing Business and Investing in South Africa (PDF)

Deloitte - full range of global tax services, including Global Employment & Individual Solutions for executives on international assignments, and Deloitte Global Country Guides

Ernst & Young
Relocation Tax Services LLC - international executive assignments, tax compliance
Human resources and relocation services  
Master Movers International, Gauteng province, South Africa - home and business moves
Watson Wyatt - labor costs and other HR research in international markets
Runzheimer International - HR services related to international assignments
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Standard Bank, South Africa
First National Bank - a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd.; South Africa's oldest bank
Banque Commerciale du Maroc, Morocco
Bank Al-Maghrib, Morocco - government central bank
Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie
Transportation and Logistics Services
Transnet - Southern Africa transportation and logistics company
Regional, National, and Local News Media - see also Associations and Publishers

BBC News

- BBC Country Profiles - for Africa or other regions of the world

AllAfrica Global Media - regional news website with content from many media sources, and tied to the Sustainable Africa channel for information on development issues
afrol News - African News Agency
Independent Online - major South African paper
Mail & Guardian - South African weekly
Financial Mail - South Africa
Business Day - South African business daily
Business Report - South African business daily
South Africa - The Good News - has links to national promotional initiatives
Regional directories of area representatives (investment promotion agencies - IPA's, regional economic development organizations or agencies - RDA's, EDO's) and related contacts for the support of foreign direct investment - FDI - projects.
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