Who We Are

The Africa Centre for International Trade and Development (ACINTaD) is an independent non-profit organisation focused on international trade and sustainable development in Africa.

The Centre aims to strengthen Africa’s position within the multilateral trading system by encouraging active participation of African countries, promoting trade and investment opportunities, and advancing the goal of sustainable development in Africa.

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What We Do

Policy Research

The policy research focuses on international trade organisations such as WTO, ITC, UNCTAD, UNECA, among others. The policy research also investigates government and regional trade-related policies...


We design policy advocacy programmes to raise awareness and influence multilateral trade agreements, latest happenings in the international trade...

Capacity Building

Literature on trade policy and development has pointed out clearly Africa’s lack of capacity to participate and benefit fully from the multilateral trading system...

Advisory Services

We help clients understand the economic, legal and political aspects and implications of multilateral, free trade agreements. We can also offer legal analysis of GATS and services-related trade agreements...

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June 1, 2022

AfCFTA: Time to move into the fast lane

By Wamkele Mene & Frank Matsaert 2021 marked the beginning of a monumental milestone in Africa’s history, as the continent openedits markets under the African Continental […]
June 3, 2020

Time to listen and respond to the needs of African Small and Medium Enterprises

Synopsis For decades, a combination of governments and development organisations in Africa have responded to calls to assist small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) by launching […]
May 21, 2020

The Significance of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in the Attainment of SDGs

Introduction At the establishment of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1964, the international community recognized that: “Economic and social progress throughout […]
February 12, 2020

As D-Day approaches, is Africa really ready for the AfCFTA?

Africa heads into a historic year in which the long-awaited African Continental Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA) finally becomes a reality, with trading under the scheme scheduled to […]
July 23, 2018

U.S. hints on possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Africa: Expanding the FTA World!

African and US officials, private sector representatives, and members of civil society organisations gathered last week, from July 9-12, 2018 in Washington for the 17th African Growth […]
June 7, 2018

The AfCFTA Objectives, Concerns and Opportunities

The AfCFTA Objectives, Concerns and Opportunities By Chikamso C Apeh According to the international economics, free trade agreement helps to improve the welfare of trade partners/member […]