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

East Asia and Pacific

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

Europe and Eurasia

Albania Cyprus Iceland Netherlands Spain
Andorra Czech Republic Ireland North Macedonia 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 Malta Serbia
Bulgaria Greece Moldova Slovak Republic
Croatia Hungary Montenegro Slovenia

Near East (Middle East and North Africa)

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

South and Central Asia

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

Western Hemisphere

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