Business Services: Regulatory Agencies

Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) aims to promote business growth, foreign investment, and cross-border partnerships through proper regulations and policies. This site contains a list of laws and procedures, current industrial parks, and information about investment opportunities in Afghanistan. Some site content only available in Persian. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 14, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Financial Services , Afghanistan , Investment Promotion Agency

Afghanistan: Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI)

The goal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MOCI) is to promote the development and growth of private sector enterprises through the development of the appropriate policies. This website contains all of the publications and regulations made by the MOCI as well as contact information for the MOCI's staff. Trade agreements, information concerning imports and exports, and licensing instructions are also included in the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 14, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Afghanistan

Angola: Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce of Angola is in charge of the development and regulation of all import and export policies. The website contains information about the ministry itself, services available, news, and a calendar of events. A search engine allows users to additionally search through a library of publications which are available for free download in PDF format. Only available in Portuguese.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 11, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Angola , Commerce Ministry

Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides foreign trade and development policy advice to the government in order to promote Australian interests internationally. The site contains information on the policies of the department, as well as the latest news relating to Australian foreign affairs and trade.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 10, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Australia , Commerce Ministry

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

The role of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is to manage and shape tax, excise, and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians. The site contains a listing of all tax laws, regulations, and tips sorted by tax filing type (i.e. individual, business, non-profit, super, and tax professionals).

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 12, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Financial Services , Australia

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) was created by the Australian government to help businesses sell their products, such as perishable goods, manufactured items, and professional services, overseas. The site provides a directory of Australian exporting firms, trade statistics, an event calendar, industry reports, and information on investing in Australia.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 14, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Australia , Export Promotion Agency , Investment Promotion Agency

Austria: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy develops the policies and regulations overseeing the business services and energy industries. This site provides information such as statistics and data on the Austrian economy, as well as numerous discussions of topics related to science, research, and economics.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 10, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Austria , Energy , Commerce Ministry

Azerbaijan: Ministry of Economy and Industry

The Ministry of Economy and Industry is in charge of implementing all legislation and regulation that impact trade and economic development in Azerbaijan. This website contains economic statistics, information for entrepreneurs, data on regional and international development, and a list of relevant legislation.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: March 29, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Azerbaijan , Commerce Ministry

Bahrain: Ministry of Industry and Commerce

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce strives to increase economic competition and foreign investment through regulations and policies impacting trade. This site contains relevant publications and a listing of regulations and services provided by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Bahrain , Commerce Ministry

Bangladesh: Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce is responsible for overall trade and commerce related activities of Bangladesh through the implementation of proper policies and regulations as they impact global and local trade. This website has all of the information on trade and trade organizations with regard to Bangladesh.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Bangladesh , Commerce Ministry

Barbados: Ministry of Commerce and Trade

The mission of the Ministry of Commerce and Trade is to encourage economic development and the improvement of the quality of life of the people of Barbados through the facilitation of commerce, entrepreneurship, and the protection of consumers. The official website of the Ministry of Commerce and Trade contains all of the relevant legislation and applications to conduct trade in Barbados.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 12, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Barbados , Commerce Ministry

Belarus: Ministry of Economy

The Ministry of Economy in Belarus is responsible for the implementation and design of regulation that promotes economic competition and entrepreneurship while monitoring and responding to bankruptcy and monopolies in Belarus. This website contains macroeconomic data on Belarus, reasons to invest in the country, foreign economic and anti-monopoly policies, business reforms, and news and publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 24, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Belarus , Commerce Ministry

Bhutan: Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for the promotion of the Bhutanese economy through regulation and policy development. Information pertaining to regulatory matters with regards to trade, energy, mining, and other industries are available on this site. Additionally, forms for approval to do business in Bhutan are also available. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Bhutan , Commerce Ministry

Brazil: Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services

The Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services site is a comprehensive resource for Brazilian trade. The site contains information about trade barriers, imports, and exports all dealing with Brazil. An English version of the site is available, however, the majority of pages on the site are only available in Portuguese. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Brazil , Commerce Ministry

Brunei: Department of Economic Planning and Development

The Department of Economic Planning and Development is responsible for implementing all policy that affects natural development in Brunei. The department's website contains links to current news, reports by the department, and statistics on the economy of Brunei.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Brunei , Commerce Ministry

Bulgaria: Ministry of Economy

The Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Economy is responsible for the implementation and regulation of government policies as it impacts the business services industries. Specifically, this site contains updates on current news, lists of policies, and relevant statistics.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hospitality and Travel , Bulgaria , Energy

Cambodia: Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce is responsible for maintaining all international trade relations that Cambodia is involved with as well as encouraging private sector growth through policy and regulatory development. This site contains news links, material on Cambodia's free trade agreements, and information on new projects the ministry is working on.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 19, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Cambodia , Commerce Ministry

Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

This is the official website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Canada. It provides information about the department, Canada's foreign policy, and international trade and development. News releases and articles regarding hot topics are posted on the homepage in addition to numerous quick links. These quick links redirect to specific resources which help users participate in trade missions, export and expand businesses abroad, and locate information regarding trade missions, among other topics.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Canada

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

This is the official website of Canadian International Trade Tribunal, an independent quasi-judicial body that carries out its statutory responsibilities within Canada's trade remedies system. The website provides detailed information on the tribunal's various mandates as well as recent press releases. Users may additionally locate numerous e-filing forms and search for specific international trade cases.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Canada

Cape Verde: Ministry of Tourism, Industry, and Energy

The Ministry of Tourism, Industry, and Energy is responsible for the development and regulation of those industries within Cape Verde. This site contains links to applicable documents and current news. Available in Portuguese only.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hospitality and Travel , Cape Verde , Energy

Chile: Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism

The Ministry of Economy, Development, and Tourism, also known as Ministerio de Economía, Fomento y Turismo, is responsible for the promotion and development of the Chilean economy through proper regulatory actions. Features include studies and surveys in business, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Only available in Spanish.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 26, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hospitality and Travel , Chile , Commerce Ministry

China: Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China

The Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China website includes news and trade information for businesses as well as a section on investing in China and global policy. The ministry is also in charge of all regulation of international trade as it relates to China. The site provides various economic data such as foreign direct investment, imports, and exports, as well as numerous policies and opinions.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , China , Commerce Ministry

China: National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is responsible for overseeing much of China's international actions. This site contains information on the functions of the NDRC as well as recent news and policy updates.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 27, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , China

Germany: Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy is responsible for policy and regulatory development that impacts the business services, energy, technology, and hospitality and travel industries. This site contains information on the various trade agencies Germany is involved with, as well as statistical data and policies.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hospitality and Travel , Technology , Germany , Energy , Commerce Ministry

Hong Kong: Labour Department

Responsible for the welfare and regulation of the Hong Kong labor market, the Labour Department of Hong Kong offers a series of publications, labor legislation, recommended employment practices, as well as up-to-date information regarding the Hong Kong labor market situation.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hong Kong

India: Department of Commerce

The main functions of India's Department of Commerce are regulation, development, and promotion of India’s international trade and commerce through the creation of appropriate international trade and commercial policy. This site specifically contains information on those policies, as well as current news, statistics, and contact information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , India , Commerce Ministry

India: Ministry of External Affairs

The Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for maintaining India's international relations. The site provides information about various diplomatic activities and visits, a treaties database, and bilateral/multilateral documents. In addition, the site contains various external links, recent news, and video briefings.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , India

Ireland: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the policy development and regulation of international trade with Ireland. The site provides information on passports, citizenship, travel advice, and Irish embassies and consulates.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Ireland

Kuwait: Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance is a responsible for regulating Kuwait's Financial Services Industry and Kuwait's international trade. This site contains a listing of all of the relevant laws, guidelines, and circulars distributed by the Ministry. This website is only available in Arabic.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 31, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Financial Services , Kuwait

Liberia: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is responsible for the growth and development of Liberia's economy and international trade. This is done through policy development and regulation, both of which are available on the site along with contact information and current publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 10, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Liberia , Commerce Ministry

Norway: Ministry of Labor

The Ministry of Labor is responsible for the policies, laws, and regulations that apply to the Norwegian labor markets. This site also contains current policy developments, information on the various departments within the ministry, and press releases related to the ministry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Norway

Russia: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for developing state policy and providing regulation with regard to medium-sized and small businesses and foreign economic activity. All of the relevant documentation for this is found on the site. It is easier to go to the "activity" link to sort the information by "sections." 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 9, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Russia , Commerce Ministry

Saint Lucia: Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs

The Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment, and Consumer Affairs is responsible for encouraging and facilitating the development of the private sector through regulation and policy development. This site contains press releases, news articles, and relevant information on these industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 8, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Saint Lucia , Commerce Ministry

Serbia: National Agency for Regional Development

The National Agency for Regional Development aims to implement the national policy of balanced regional development. It is the primary resource for information about the institutional, entrepreneurial, and individual initiatives as well as measures aimed at the development of Serbia.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 14, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Serbia

Turkey: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides basic facts and info relating to Turkey. It is also a source of business information, foreign trade policy and regulation, economic information, and information on regulations and multilateral conventions.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: December 1, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Turkey

United Kingdom: Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is in charge of improving economic development and skills in the United Kingdom. This site contains information on all of the BIS's policies, publications, statistics, and consultations. Also included are ways to directly engage with the UK government. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: July 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United Kingdom , Commerce Ministry

United Kingdom: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare and pension policy in the United Kingdom. This site contains links to relevant statistics, publications, and policies used by the DWP.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: July 26, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United Kingdom

United States: Department of Commerce (DOC)

The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) provides the information and tools to maximize U.S. competitiveness and enable economic growth for American industries, workers, and consumers through proper regulation. The DOC website provides information on current news topics, departments within the commerce organization, and economic analyses.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 15, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United States , Commerce Ministry

United States: Department of Labor (DOL)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) implements policies and regulations that affect the labor force in the United States. The DOL site provides information on several topics, such as health plans and benefits, hiring, labor relations, leave benefits, and unemployment information. In addition, the site provides links to the various agencies that are part of the department, news updates, and various blog posts.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 23, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United States

United States: Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA)

The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) provides viewers with related news stories, economic briefings, economic indicators, and the Under Secretary's blog. Within the "Reports" tab, there is a listing of reports for recent economic happenings that have had an impact on the United States economy. ESA also works on budget, employment, and risk management within the Bureau of Economic Analysis and other governmental entities.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 23, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United States

United States: International Trade Administration (ITA)

The International Trade Administration (ITA) promotes and regulates international trade with the United States. This site contains a listing of the services the ITA offers and links to the various data and analysis provided by the ITA. Within the "Trade Topics" tab, there are resources on exporting, compliance, enforcement, and events dealing with international trading from the U.S. In addition, the site contains information about several types of programs, various publications, and press information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 23, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United States

United States: Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OHSA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) is an organization within the United States Department of Labor. This site contains a listing of all of the regulations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversees regarding the United States' labor force. There is also a list of relevant data and statistics, training information, publications, and a section for workers to learn their rights in the workplace.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 23, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , United States

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