Based in Washington, D.C., the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. government interagency advocacy efforts, and helps level the playing field on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public-sector contracts with foreign governments and government agencies. The center works very closely with the U.S. Commercial Service network of offices within U.S. diplomatic missions abroad, and domestic Export Assistance Centers to help exporters overcome any issues or barriers to trade.
Last Published: 12/18/2018

The Advocacy Center 
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Advocacy Center
helps to ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance competing abroad. Advocacy assistance is wide and varied but often involves companies that want the U.S. Government to communicate a message to foreign governments or government-owned corporations on behalf of their commercial interest, typically in a competitive bid contest.

Since its creation in 1993, the Advocacy Center has helped thousands of U.S. companies — small, medium and large enterprises in various industry sectors — to win government contracts across the globe. In short, we are your advocates! In pursuing foreign business opportunities, we encourage you and your company to contact and inform us of your business interests abroad.

The Advocacy Center also has Commercial Service liaisons stationed at five Multilateral Development Banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Asian Development Bank) to assist U.S. firms and advocate on their behalf when they compete for Bank tenders. The liaisons counsel U.S. companies on how to work with the Banks and advocate on procurement and contracting issues to ensure fair and equal treatment for U.S. companies.

Contact Information
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Advocacy Center
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W. — Rm. 10020 
Washington, DC 20230 
Office No.: (202) 482-3896

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