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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February 12, 2020

POLICYMAKERS IN A DILEMMA: Cocoa Production and Forest Conservation in West Africa

In West Africa, where two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is produced, there has been a great public concern of the impact of cocoa production on tropical […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 25, 2019

African governments need to ratify the protocol on free movement of people

The Africa Centre for International Trade and Development (ACINTaD), has called on governments on the continent to sign and ratify the protocol on free movement of […]
October 21, 2019


The AfCFTA is expected to boost intra-African trade by 33% once full tariff liberalization is implemented, attracting additional intra-African investments and creating market opportunities to foster […]
July 23, 2019

Strong Institutions and infrastructure needed for implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area – ACINTAD

Africa Centre for International Trade and Development(ACINTaD) has called for the need for strong institutions and quality infrastructure to be put in place for successful implementation […]
July 12, 2019

Sensitize Ghanaians about the African Continental Free Trade Agreement – ACINTaD

The Africa Centre for International Trade and Development (ACINTaD) has called for sensitisation of Ghanaians on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)   Mr. Isaac […]