PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
* FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE of up to $10,000 may be available to qualifying companies to offset mission-related costs. Visit our Global Access Program webpage for more information about grant funding for eligible expenses related to export promotion activities.
Africa, a continent of over 1.3 billion people, includes many of the fastest-growing national economies in the world.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was enacted in January 2021 to move the entire African continent into one common market. This is the largest common market in the world by geography and is forecast to be the largest in terms of population by 2050.
The youthful entrepreneurial African middle class is growing significantly, allowing for many opportunities across a range of consumer, industrial, and resource sectors.
There are opportunities for Pennsylvania companies in a wide variety of industry sectors, including:
Education (Tech Platforms)
Healthcare / Medical Devices / Hospital Architecture
About Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd.
ETC selected Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd. to coordinate the Virtual Trade Mission to Africa. Zurcom is an export trade promotion firm with two decades of experience assisting American firms entering the African marketplace. The firm has teams in several countries and networks of business and industry contacts across the region to support the mission.
About the Eastern Trade Council (ETC)
The Eastern Trade Council (ETC), an affiliate organization of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference, is a 501 3 (c) non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening state and regional economic competitiveness in the global marketplace. Established in 1998, ETC promotes cooperative approaches amongst the ten Northeastern states and is committed to increasing regional exports, creating jobs and enhancing the competitiveness of the eastern region in the international marketplace. Member states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.