About AMI Consultants
Africa and Middle East International Consultants (AMI) is a multiservice development consulting firm that provides expert advice and services to international programs, projects and multilateral organizations. AMI also provides consulting services for companies that wish to conduct business in Africa, the Middle East, and other developing regions.
Drawing from our extensive database and the varied experiences of our consultants, we are able to provide personnel and logistical support to implement a given project successfully. All AMI consultants are either nationals of the countries about which they consult or specialists with extensive practical experience in their respective disciplines. AMI also maintains a wide network of in-country affiliations with organizations and individuals at both local and national levels throughout the regions. As a result, AMI has the ability to provide consulting services that combine technical skills with cultural sensitivity which are essential to the unique socio-economic conditions present in each individual country.
AMI Business and Trade Promotions, Inc., was incorporated in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 4, 1996 as a non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(6). The organization is devoted exclusively to promoting socio-economic development in Africa via Private Sector Activities. Such activities that include but not limited to conferences, workshops, trade shows and trade missions. As a non-profit organization, and to maximize the effectiveness our activities, we will collaborate with NGOs, national and international trade organizations, regional trade organizations, government agencies, multilateral organizations and others that are providing development assistance to Africa.
The fundamental purpose of AMI Business & Trade Promotion, Inc., to provide high quality and result-oriented series of conferences, workshops and trade related services that will promote vibrant private sector activities across the continent.
Accordingly, our activities will:
- Highlight current business opportunities in Africa and show how to profitably access them.
- Provide venues for African business executives and their US counterparts to meet, exchange ideas and establish alliances.
- Discuss incentives available to US firms wishing to operate in Africa, both from the US and African standpoints.
- Discuss incentives and US business practices and regulations to African companies wishing to conduct with the US.
- Provide a forum where African policy makers and their US counterparts as well as representatives from international agencies developing assistance to Africa can discuss their current initiatives as they relate to private sector development in Africa.
- Showcase products, services, and appropriate technologies for African development.
- Discuss the experiences of US companies in Africa and versa versa.
In an era of unprecedented growth in global business activities, few regions of the world offer more untapped opportunity for US businesses than Africa. With nearly 800 million inhabitants who have urgent needs for education, energy, environmental protection, clean water, clothing, financial services, food, health care, housing, telecommunications, transportation and tourism development among many others, Africa today presents a huge consumer and industrial market. Yet, only a few US firms are currently engaged in African commerce, providing about seven percent of the continent’s imports. Even so, the annual rate of return on US direct foreign investment in the region is calculated by the US Department of Commerce at 28% – higher than any other part of the globe. Bolstered by new support in Washington as well as the current wave of economic and political transformation sweeping across the continent, the opportunity now exist for increased bilateral trade between the US and Africa.
For the most part, U.S. corporate giants like Chevron, Exxon, 3M, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Caterpillar and Monsanto, to name a few, are already actively engaged in Africa. Major U.S. companies have internal expertise to gain access to market opportunities in and establish business linkages with local African firms. On the other hand, small firms do not have the internal expertise to efficiently utilize available programs and services that would make them successful competitors in the global and African marketplace. As such, they are seriously disadvantaged in accessing business opportunities and establishing linkages with African firms.
According to published reports by OPIC, U.S. small businesses “are truly America’s job-creating experts…creating 6 out of 10 new jobs and looking to enter new market to stay competitive.” The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) paints a similar profile of African small businesses. In short, the small business is the mainstay of economic activities both in Africa and the United States. The obvious question is: how can these entities operating on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean be effectively and efficiently linked and, in the process, serve as the engine to catalyze business linkages. Our answer: the creation of an US-AFRICA SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK (USASBIN).