Key Business Links
U.S. Government Resources
- Department of Commerce: The Commerce Department's mission is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Comprised of 12 different agencies responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the Commerce Department touches the lives of Americans every day.
- Export.gov: Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
- Export Import Bank of the United States: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.
- 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): American trade policy works toward opening markets throughout the world to create new opportunities and higher living standards for families, farmers, manufacturers, workers, consumers, and businesses. The United States is party to numerous trade agreements with other countries, and is participating in negotiations for new trade agreements with a number of countries and regions of the world.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation: OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The U.S. Small Business Administration (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: USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress.Our mission, USTDA Mission Statement, is to help 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. USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Cameroon is a voluntary association of the companies and individuals doing business in Cameroon. Its primary objective is to advance the development of trade, commerce, and investment between the United States of America and Republic of Cameroon. It pursues policy initiatives at the highest government and business levels and provides valuable advocacy, information, networking, and business support services.
- The Cameroon Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Handicraft (CCIMA)
CCIMA like other Consular institutions is an advisory body representing the business community in the areas of trade, industry, mining and crafts. Created in 1921, it is based in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon.
CCIMA’s main mission is that of acting as a conduit between the one hand, for private business and secondly, governments for consultation and representation in many areas, leading to which is the economy.
The U.S. Embassy’s Political and Economic Section updates a list of lawyers made available to U.S. companies seeking legal advice on doing business in Cameroon. if you would like to obtain the list, please send an email.
The Consular Section of the US Embassy also provide a wide range of legal assistance to Americans visiting or resident in Cameroon. To learn more about these click the following link: http://travel.state.gov/law/judicial/judicial_2519.html
The legal and judicial system of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) is one of the most successful experiments of the late 20th century legal integration. Created by the Treaty of Port-Louis, on October 17, 1993 (revised October 17, 2008 in Quebec - Canada), OHADA is an international full service, with an international legal personality, which strives to integrate legal systems between member countries. Membership, under Article 53 of the Treaty is open to all Member States of the African Union and non-signatory to any non-member of the African Union and States invited to accede to a common agreement of all States parties. OHADA now includes 17 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad, Togo). The working languages are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Use the following link to accede to information bearing on business travel to Cameroon: http://sample.usembassy.gov./business-tourist.html
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