Africa and the Middle East: Open for Business
What do you find in a region that stretches more than 5,000 miles from South Africa to Turkey? Countless opportunities. A combined population of 1.3 billion people — including major cities such as Istanbul, Cairo, Lagos and Cape Town — offers a huge market for U.S. exports.
In the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. companies looking to ship internationally benefit from free trade agreements with Jordan, Israel, Morocco, Bahrain and Oman, plus Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with many other countries in the region.
In sub-Saharan Africa, trade agreements helped U.S. exports more than double — and U.S. imports more than triple — from 2001 to 2007, while support for economic reforms have steadily improved the region’s business environment.
United Arab Emirates: An Oasis of International Trade
The U.A.E. developed the second-largest economy in the Arab world by adopting liberal trade policies. A FedEx hub in Dubai, the country’s largest city, serves as a gateway to Africa and the Middle East, offering customers convenient access to Europe, Asia, North America and South America.