Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
May 21, 2014

More information about Chad is available on the Chad page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States established diplomatic relations with Chad in 1960, following its independence from France. Relations between the United States and Chad are good. Chad is emerging from half a century of regionalized conflict and internal turmoil, and it has the potential to lay foundations for better governance and development. A 2010 peace agreement with Sudan continues to hold, and Chad currently enjoys relative stability; however, the risk of spillover of tensions from Libya, the Central African Republic, and Nigeria remains. Chad is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world. The Chadian Government is taking steps to improve infrastructure and foster stability. The United States continues to encourage Chad to advance good governance.

U.S. Assistance to Chad

The United States seeks to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in eastern Chad and Central African Republic refugees in southern Chad; maintain Chadian commitment to efforts to reinforce regional stability and security, especially in regard to the Darfur crisis; promote continued Chadian progress toward a democratic transition, including promotion of human rights and the rule of law; support more responsible public revenue management to fuel sustainable socio-economic development; and continue U.S.-Chadian cooperation on regional and international counterterrorism efforts. The U.S. Government works to achieve these goals through diplomatic engagement and multilateral, regional, and bilateral assistance programs U.S. foreign assistance priorities for Chad focus on professionalizing the Chadian military. There is no U.S. Agency for International Development mission or Peace Corps program in Chad.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Chad is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Chad's exports to the United States are dominated by oil, while imports from the United States include machinery, plastics, and cereals. The United States is a leading investor in Chad, largely through the Chad-Cameroon petroleum pipeline project. The United States does not have an investment treaty or a bilateral tax agreement with Chad.

Chad's Membership in International Organizations

Chad and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Chad is James Knight; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Chad maintains an embassy in the United States at 2401 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel: 202-652-1312).

More information about Chad is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Chad Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Chad Page
U.S. Embassy: Chad
USAID Chad Page
History of U.S. Relations With Chad
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information

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