U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA has offices in overseas markets and funds projects on which service providers in the area of agriculture could participate, for example, education on using modern technology and improved farming techniques and practices. The processes and procedures for registering as a vendor and learning about opportunities available for service suppliers are available on the USDA’s website under the Office of Contracting and Procurement.

U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense funds projects pertaining to the military. There are projects for consultants on military strategy, etc.

U.S. Department of Education

Finally, the U.S. Department of Education also funds projects around the globe. These educational projects seek to improve school infrastructure, learning systems, as well as increase access to reduce inequalities around the globe.

This is not an exhaustive list of all government agencies. Nevertheless, the point is to show how a service supplier can go after grants and contracts that would allow them to provide a service overseas.

In addition to the World Bank, there are multilateral development banks (MDBs) at the regional level that present opportunities for companies. The key thing to keep in mind is that each agency may have its own unique process, which one should understand. Nevertheless, the general description of the MDBs is provided here, for which the World Bank does have a commercial advisor involved with each. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) offers a number of projects to its 26 borrowing member countries, all of which are in Latin America and the Caribbean[1] However, the IDB has a total of 48 member countries. The IDB lends out US$12.7 billion each year. The main client base for the IDB are the governments for which there is a standard pricing for all projects regardless of a country’s economic rating.

  • [1] Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador,Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidadand Tobago, and Uruguay. The remaining borrowing member countries include Argentina, Brazil,Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
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