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Key Business Links
Key Business Links
- Direct Line for American Business: The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.” You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.
- BIDS: The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.
- BusinessUSA: An official web portal for the U.S. Government to support business start-ups, growth, financing and exporting. It is designed to provide access to online resources and services of Federal, state, and local Government as well as those of non-profit and educational organizations supporting businesses.
- Overseas Security Advisory Council: The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 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.
- SelectUSA: One of President Obama’s signature initiatives to spur economic growth at home is SelectUSA, a program to attract and facilitate job creating investment in the United States. The highly successful SelectUSA Summit held in Washington on October 31 - November 1, 2013, underscored the attractiveness and openness of the United States for foreign investment.
- African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): AGOA provides reforming African countries with the most liberal access to the U.S. market available to any country or region with which the United States does not have a Free Trade Agreement. This website has complete information on AGOA eligibility for Companies in Lesotho interested in exporting to the United States.
- USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub: As a regional program working across the 15 member states of SADC, SATH provides technical assistance and training to support the regional trade agenda while working to promote increased private sector competitiveness along specific value chains within the region: cotton, textiles and apparel, legumes and staple foods.
- Department of Commerce: The commerce department’s mission is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad.
- 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.
- 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): USTR is an agency which negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations.
- 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.