Useful Links


American Chambers Online


  • Brazil-U.S. Business Council – The Brazil-U.S. Business Council is a bilateral trade organization that works to provide a high-level private sector forum for the business communities of both countries to engage in substantive dialogue on trade and investment issues and communicate private sector priorities to both governments.
  • Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) – Caribbean-Central American Action is a non-profit organization that promotes private sector-generated economic development in the Caribbean and Central America. CCAA promotes trade and investment, works to improve the policy environment for business in the region, and seeks to strengthen the private sector so that it can play its rightful role in building democratic institutions.
  • Council of the Americas – The Council of the Americas promotes the understanding of the political, economic, and cultural issues that define and challenge the Americas.
  • Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) creates partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • The Trust for the Americas – The Trust for the Americas is a foundation established in 1997 to foster partnership among corporations, foundations, governmental bodies, and academic institutions operating in the Americas.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in 91 countries.

News and Research

  • AACCLAs 50th Anniversary Business Pulse Survey
  • Roll Call Daily – Roll Call Daily provides news about Capitol Hill and current legislative developments.
  • THOMAS – Thomas provides legislative information on the Internet. Use THOMAS to find texts of any legislation and its current status.
  • LatinFocus – LatinFocus is a source of information for professionals seeking economic and financial data on the economies of Latin American countries.
  • National Journal – National Journal provides news and updates on the latest developments on the Hill and in national politics. The National Journal also includes The Hotline, Congressional Daily, Technology Daily, and the American Health Line.

Regional Institutions

  • Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – CIPE, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, works to build democracy and market economies throughout the world.
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) – The Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. Government agency that helps finance the overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. Ex-Im Bank has supported more than $300 billion in U.S. exports.
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – The IDB Bank was established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) – The IMF is an international organization of 183 member countries, established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.
  • North American Development Bank (NADB) – The NADB is an international financial institution established under the auspices of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects.
  • Organization of American States (OAS) – The OAS is a multilateral organization comprised of 34 member states in the Western Hemisphere. The OAS was established in 1948.
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – OPIC’s mission is “to mobilize and facilitate the participation of United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development of less developed countries and areas, and countries in transition from non-market to market economies, thereby complementing the development assistance objectives of the United States.”
  • TradePort – TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool providing comprehensive trade information. It is an international trade/defense conversion initiative of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • U.N. Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – The ECLAC is headquartered in Santiago, Chile and is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.
  • United Nations Development Business – UN Development Business (UNDB) is published by the United Nations Department of Public Information and provides a comprehensive source of information on opportunities to supply goods, works and services for projects financed by the United Nations, governments and the world’s leading development banks.
  • World Bank – Founded in 1944, the World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance. The Bank, which provided US$17.3 billion in loans to its client countries in fiscal year 2001, is now working in more than 100 developing economies, bringing a mix of finance and ideas to improve living standards and eliminate the worst forms of poverty.

U.S. Government

Other Useful Links

  • BUYUSA – BUYUSA is a site developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce that provides resources about business and trade. The site is equipped to help find business partners, buyers and suppliers.
  • Disaster Relief – Disaster Relief is a website created in a cooperative effort between the American Red Cross, CNN Interactive and IBM to help disaster victims and the disaster relief community worldwide by facilitating the exchange of information on the Internet.
  • The Export Yellow Pages – Created through an exclusive partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Export Yellow Pages® gives U.S. exporters a simple and convenient way to establish contacts and conduct global business.
  • FTAA – This is the official website of the Free Trade Areas of the Americas.
  • GSP – This is a website prepared by the U.S. Customs Service to educate the public about the Generalized System of Preferences.
  • HTS – The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
  • NAFTAWORKS – NAFTAWORKS is a useful source of statistics and reports on NAFTA and US-Mexico Trade.
  • The Trade Compliance Center – The Trade Compliance Center helps American exporters overcome foreign trade barriers and works to ensure that foreign countries comply with their commitments to the United States.

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