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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about opportunities in Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia
• Find out how to find out more about worldwide tourism with the World Tourism Organization
• Get information about buying a business in the U.S., Canada and several other countries from the International Business Brokers Association

 
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Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia:
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A few days ago a delegation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce returned from the African countries of Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia. This visit was done as part of the Chamber’s African Business Initiative, whose missions are to promote U.S. companies' direct investments in Africa, engage the U.S. business community on legislative policies that foster foreign direct investment in Africa, facilitate trade between the United States and African countries and introduce U.S. companies to the continent's vast economic opportunities.

 

Upon their return, the delegation reported about the many investment opportunities that exist in these countries, especially in the areas of infrastructure and energy. Indeed, the Kenyan and Ethiopian governments have identified these two areas as priorities for their economies in 2011 in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and improve the strength of middle-income countries. For its part, Ghana, in recent years, made significant efforts to streamline investment procedures and now offers tax incentives, particularly in the oil sector.

Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, which represent a market of nearly 150 million people, have had several years of good economic performance (more than 5% of GDP on average). They have signed preliminary agreements with the IMF aimed at preserving economic stability and improving the business climate, controlling inflation, raising currency reserves by liberalizing trade and developing the financial system.

For more information on investment opportunities and tax incentives, visit:
Ethiopian Investment Agency (EIA)
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) 
 Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) (KIA)

For more information on markets and the business climate in Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, visit:
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Doing Business In Kenya

To help you do business:
U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia Ethiopian-American Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Embassy in Ghana American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana)
 U.S. Embassy in Kenya American Chamber of Commerce Kenya 

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The World Tourism Organization (WTO) is a specialized agency of the United ?Nations. It plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of tourism, ensuring that countries and in particular developing countries maximize the positive economic, ?social and cultural effects of tourism and minimize its ?negative social and environmental impacts.? WTO provides statistics and reports. Click here to download the 2010 Edition of Tourism Highlights.

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