AMEX International was established in 1982 in Washington, DC as an “American Exports” firm, specializing in the procurement and shipment of U.S. agricultural products to Africa and Eastern Europe. The name of the firm pays homage to the company’s early roots. AMEX’s principals, originally from West Africa, drew on their extensive private sector knowledge and experience to secure food aid contracts from USAID and the Department of Agriculture under P.L. 480 Title I and Title II. That law, later renamed the Food for Peace Act, enabled the U.S. to make in-kind donations of surplus food to countries overseas in response to humanitarian, economic development, and geopolitical concerns. The growth of federally-funded food assistance programs in the mid-1980s contributed significantly to AMEX’s early success in international development.
Driven by a commitment to advancing economic growth in Africa, the company expanded its operations in 1987 with the creation of an International Development Division dedicated to promoting private sector development and economic reforms. As a management and consulting firm, AMEX International continued its work with food-aid programs and with other development-related initiatives. As a small business, the company forged partnerships and worked on its own to design and implement activities in the U.S. and in countries overseas.
Today, AMEX provides technical assistance to governments, international institutions, and private corporations worldwide. The scope of its portfolio has grown to include democracy and governance, monitoring and evaluation, and institutional and manpower support for more than 100 projects in over 60 countries worldwide. AMEX’s corporate philosophy stresses sustainability, capacity building, and accountability. Our goal is to work collaboratively and in partnership with local communities and institutions to bring about long-lasting solutions to important development challenges.
AMEX works in partnership with government and other clients to achieve high-impact, sustainable results that improve the lives of people worldwide. Our solutions are responsive, flexible, and immediately increase the effectiveness and quality of client programs by providing the best technical expertise. We strengthen client operations and performance by creating efficiencies and applying sound management practices that give people access to information, foster learning, and allow for evidence-based decision-making. We are always looking for more effective and efficient ways to implement our global projects because the better we do, the greater the impact and the further the reach of every vaccination, every seed, and every dollar.