The future of African trade is at a crossroads. With the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area on January 1st, 2021, African states have an opportunity to break free from the shackles of economic nationalism that have plagued large swathes of the continent for centuries. The benefits of African free trade are numerous, however as to are challenges.
The Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity (IATP) is guided by the core belief that bottom-up free market policies are the most effective way to alleviate poverty, amplify individual liberty, and create a more peaceful future.
To achieve it’s mission, the IATP partners with a plethora of local groups and think tanks to help make their voices that push for greater freedom more effective and louder. The IATP also connects with students, teachers, writers, and thinkers to build a bolder and stronger voice for free trade.
By no means, will the IATP be imposing its beliefs on others. Rather, it will work with and serve local actors who are interested in finding out more and creating outputs that champion bottom-up African solutions that will result in greater free trade, which in turn, means greater prosperity.
The Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity is a project of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Buckingham. The IATP was created thanks to the generous support of the Atlas Network.