Key Business Links
U.S. Government Resources
- Department of Commerce. The Commerce Department's mission is to help make U.S. businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Comprised of twelve different agencies responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the Commerce Department touches the lives of U.S. citizens every day.
- Export.gov. Brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist U.S. businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. Export.gov also hosts information on the National Export Initiative.
- Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ex-Im Bank is the official export-credit agency of the United States. This independent federal government agency helps to create and maintain U.S. jobs by financing sales of U.S. exports primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, providing loan guarantees, export-credit insurance, and direct loans.
- National IPR Center. The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
- Office of the United States Trade Representative. USTR is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC is the U.S. government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and, in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs, and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA provides support to U.S. small businesses and small–business owners across the nation through capital (loans), access to federal contracts, and counseling.
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency. USTDA helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions, while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of a modern infrastructure and an open trading system.
- Stopfakes.gov is the central U.S. government resource for IPR assistance and tools. Companies can find information and support for enforcing IPR in the U.S. and abroad. Violations can also be reported at this site.
Oman Government Resources
- Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Established pursuant to Royal Decree No. 40/74, this Ministry comprises three directorates general: Directorate General of Commerce, Directorate General of Industry, and the head office of the Ministry, besides the office of Commerce and Industry in Dhofar Governorate.
- The Tender Board. Established in 1972 to handle all government projects and requests for projects from civil service ministries and other government agencies. The Tender Board strives to excel in organizational performance. By developing its human resources and administrative systems, it intends to fulfill the highest economical values of the overall development strategy for the year 2020 sustainable future vision.
- Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) is keen to take advantage of the economic partnership agreements between the Sultanate and many nations of the world. It also seeks to keep pace with modern developments in the industrial sector to make the Sultanate one of the key destinations for local and foreign investment.
- Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development. PAIPED opened in January 1997 and was originally known as the Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (OCIPED). PAIPED aims to increase the contribution of the private sector to the investments required for the development and promotion of Omani products exported to foreign countries to improve the balance of trade of the Sultanate.
- ·Muscat American Business Council. The Muscat American Business Council is a non-profit organization formed to foster the development of commercial activity between the United States and the Sultanate of Oman.
- Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. The Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (BUSACC) is a private business association that serves as a conduit to create strategic connections between prominent U.S. and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) private sector enterprises, government officials, trade development agencies, and academic institutions.
- Business Council for International Understanding. The BCIU brokers contacts and organizes custom-tailored events, briefings, and off-the-record discussions for stakeholders to speak candidly about core issues in a direct and timely manner. They enable resolution of problems and promotion of business opportunities in both the private and public sectors of the global marketplace.
- National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), established over forty years ago, is the longest serving organization dedicated to U.S.-Arab business. NUSACC is widely regarded as the voice of U.S. business in the Arab world and the premier private sector portal to the United States for Arab commercial enterprises.
- American Middle East Institute. AMEI, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an independent, non-profit organization focused on building business, educational, and cultural ties between the United States and the Middle East.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Members range from “mom-and-pop” shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all have one thing in common: they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C.