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Export to Africa

For U.S. businesses looking to enter or expand in African markets.

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Exporting Goods and Services to Africa

Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, playing an increasingly significant role on the global stage. The continent’s rapidly growing middle class—forecast to triple by 20301—represents a stronger labor pool and more purchasing power than ever before. 

The populations within African countries are young, growing, and increasingly urbanizing—and household incomes across the continent are on the rise. By 2030, Africa’s population will grow to roughly 1.7 billion2, and the continent will be home to one-fifth of the world’s population3. Given that Africa’s infrastructure gap is narrowing and the continent is primed for mass industrialization, U.S. businesses are well positioned to meet the increasing demand for goods and services.

Despite the economic opportunity, companies also face challenges to doing business in Africa. A lack of infrastructure can present barriers to trade, and companies may need to vertically integrate to fill gaps in the value chain. There can also be high levels of competition from established firms or entrants with institutional support from their home governments. Businesses can also face information gaps about African markets.

To help mitigate these challenges, the Prosper Africa initiative empowers U.S. businesses to export to Africa by offering financing, loan guarantees, market intelligence, and more. The initiative brings together the full suite of U.S. Government services to guide businesses as they identify partners, advance opportunities, and close deals.

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Understanding Power Project Procurement

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Understanding Power Project Financing

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Understanding Power Purchase Agreements

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Prosper Africa Virtual Deal Room

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U.S. Commercial Service Export Promotion Services

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USAID-Private Sector Partnership Opportunities

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USAID Contract and Grant Opportunities

USAID competitively awards contracts and grants to firms to provide goods and services that contribute to economic development

USAID Development Innovation Ventures Grant

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Power Africa Information Resource Tools

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Power Africa Finance Tools

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Power Africa Transaction Assistance

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Learn how to secure your intellectual property

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Get patents and trademarks and learn about intellectual property regulations

Foreign Market Development Program for U.S. Agriculture

Collaborate with the U.S. Government to support long-term U.S. export markets

Credit Guarantees for U.S. Agriculture

Access guarantees from the U.S. Government to lower your financial risks


  1. Landry Signé, “Capturing Africa’s High Returns,” The Brookings Institution, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  2. Jacques Bughin et al, “Lions on the Move II: Realizing the Potential of Africa’s Economies,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

  3. Damian Hattingh et al., “Lions (still) on the move: Growth in Africa’s consumer sector,” McKinsey & Company, October 2, 2017