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.
  • International Trade Administration. The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Industry and Investment Promotion. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion has various responsibilities such as supervising commercial, industrial, investment activities and developing exports; and strengthen the national economy via promoting the business environment. It also aims to diversify and sustain the economy in line with Oman Vision 2040.
  • 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.

Other Resources

  • Oman American Business Center (OABC). The Oman American Business Center 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.