The African Trade and Development Initiative (AF-TADI), functions as a non-state mechanism, contributing new efforts towards promoting capacity building and education on trade for development in Africa. The vision of AF-TADI is to strengthen the capacity of key African stakeholders on trade issues, and to contribute towards a new level of expanded trade education, trade capacity building and human development in Africa.

This involves promoting broader trade knowledge, research, networking, and creative thinking towards a broad-based African “trade for development agenda”, considering the urgent need for greater efforts to achieve the vision of Agenda 2063 and the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The AF-TADI will maintain working contacts with the Regional Economic Communities, international organizations, Private Sector, African governments, universities, Diaspora and partner countries supporting Africa’s trade and development efforts.

Through AF-TADI some of the aims include:

Providing innovative environments and opportunities for African government officials, trade practitioners, trade educators/students, private sector organizations and entrepreneurs working on trade and related issues.

Develop a deeper understanding of trade issues, share ideas and enhance informal cross-fertilization of ideas for promoting intra-African trade as well as on international trade issues.

Promoting key regional, continental and international events aimed at connecting entrepreneurs to forge new opportunities for trade and economic growth in Africa.

Promoting an African people-to-people and grassroots dimension to expand trade for development in Africa.

Organizing and promoting (including through multi-stakeholder fora) networking, reflection, creative brainstorming on opportunities and approaches for promoting intra-African trade.

Promoting internship opportunities and exchange schemes to further trade education as well as capacity building, a greater understanding of development issues and processes for Africans (particularly for youth, women, grassroots, trade and development practitioners).

AF-TADI seeks to mobilize a core group of interested organizations and institutions for joint collaboration to promote Intra-African Trade as an important dimension for continental integration and human development in Africa.