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Global Overview

Overview

The U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements provide country-specific information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and are prepared by economic officers stationed in embassies and posts around the world. They analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes.

Topics include Openness to Investment, Legal and Regulatory systems, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Rights, Transparency, Performance Requirements, State-Owned Enterprises, Responsible Business Conduct, and Corruption.

While there are examples of countries taking steps to make it easier to do business, the reports highlight that a large number of barriers to business activity still exist.

There are select examples of economies expanding openness to investment, improving transparency, and helping new businesses open. This likely reflects an acknowledgment by those economies of the vital role the private sector can play in economic competitiveness and growth.

On the other hand, the reports highlight a variety of challenges and barriers, such as local content requirements, lack of adequate transparency, problems with corruption, and sectors closed to foreign businesses.

Country Reports

Africa (Sub-Saharan)

Angola Congo, Republic of the Guinea Mozambique South Sudan
Benin Cote d’Ivoire Kenya Namibia Sudan
Botswana Djibouti Lesotho Niger Tanzania
Burkina Faso Equatorial Guinea Liberia Nigeria Togo
Burundi Eswatini Madagascar Rwanda Uganda
Cabo Verde Ethiopia Malawi Sao Tome and Principe Zambia
Cameroon Gabon Mali Seychelles Zimbabwe
Chad Gambia, The Mauritania Sierra Leone
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Ghana Mauritius South Africa

East Asia and Pacific

Australia Hong Kong Malaysia Papua New Guinea Timor-Leste
Brunei Indonesia Marshall Islands Philippines Vietnam
Burma Japan Micronesia, Federated States of Samoa
Cambodia Korea, Republic of Mongolia Singapore
China Laos New Zealand Taiwan
Fiji Macau Palau Thailand

Europe and Eurasia

Albania Cyprus Iceland Montenegro Spain
Andorra Czech Republic Ireland Netherlands Sweden
Armenia Denmark Italy Norway Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Austria Estonia Kosovo Poland Turkey
Azerbaijan Finland Latvia Portugal Ukraine
Belarus France and Monaco Lithuania Romania United Kingdom
Belgium Georgia Luxembourg Russia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Germany Macedonia Serbia
Bulgaria Greece Malta Slovak Republic
Croatia Hungary Moldova Slovenia

Near East (Middle East and North Africa)

Algeria Israel Morocco Tunisia
Bahrain Jordan Oman United Arab Emirates
Egypt Kuwait Qatar West Bank and Gaza
Iraq Lebanon Saudi Arabia

South and Central Asia

Afghanistan Kazakhstan Nepal Tajikistan
Bangladesh Kyrgyz Republic Pakistan Turkmenistan
India Maldives Sri Lanka Uzbekistan

Western Hemisphere

Antigua and Barbuda Brazil El Salvador Mexico Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Argentina Canada Grenada Nicaragua Suriname
Bahamas, The Chile Guatemala Panama Trinidad and Tobago
Barbados Colombia Guyana Paraguay Uruguay
Belize Costa Rica Haiti Peru Venezuela
Bermuda Dominica Honduras Saint Kitts and Nevis
Bolivia Dominican Republic Jamaica Saint Lucia
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