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The Africa Trade Foundation

At the Africa Trade Foundation, our mission is to empower the African continent through trade and investment, by connecting regional markets and supporting Africa’s integration in global value chains. Established in 2023 in Mauritius, we are a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing regional and continental trade and investment in Africa and facilitating Africa’s integration into the global economy.

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Our Story

Inspired by our Founder’s experience of living and working accross Africa for over three decades, the Africa Trade Foundation brings together dedicated African experts who are personally connected to Africa's trade and investment landscape. Our Council Members bring a wealth of experience and expertise in African trade and investment, from private sector strategies to policy support, cultivated through years of working across the Continent. We share the common belief that trade has the power to transform lives, uplift communities, and contribute to Africa’s prosperity. Our vision is to build a thriving trade and investment ecosystem that benefits all, creating opportunities for investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, and economies across the Continent.

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Our Mission

With a focus on Africa's trade and investment landscape, our mission is centred around:

  • Advancing education and research in international trade and regional integration in Africa

  • Facilitating trade in goods and services through education, training, and capacity-building

  • Providing technical assistance and advisory services to MSMEs, with a focus on women and youth entrepreneurs

  • Advocating for the importance of trade and investment in Africa and promoting economic growth

  • Conducting research on international and regional trade issues and disseminating the results

  • Facilitating the exchange of information and best practices among stakeholders

  • Advocating for policies and initiatives that promote trade and investment in Africa

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Our Work

Through cutting-edge research and training, our aim is to build bridges within Africa, and between Africa and the rest of the world, and help businesses and investors understand better the opportunities in Africa. 


Our focus extends to businesses of all sizes, with particular emphasis on empowering women and youth entrepreneurs to access African markets. We are deeply committed to ensuring that trade and investment are not only economically vibrant but also sustainable and inclusive.

By advocating for fair, sustainable, and inclusive trade and investment policies and engaging with policymakers and stakeholders, our aim is to support the regional and continental trade agenda to unlock Africa's full trade potential.

Our Council Members

Founder and Chairman

Paul Baker

Founder and Chairman

Council Member

David Luke

Council Member

Council Member

Brenda K. Kombo

Council Member

Council Member

Caroline Ncube

Council Member

Council Member

David Luff

Council Member

Council Member

Teddy Soobramanien

Council Member

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