Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Africa & International Trade - Building an African Developmental State

Qualification code: 76738

Course objectives

  • To build basic knowledge of international trade theory, policy and practice.
  • To familiarise participants with the most important challenges and opportunities for Africa’s integration into the world trading system.
  • To discuss alternative policies and strategies for developing Africa’s productive and trade (export) capacities for world trade.
  • To enable participants to interpret and formulate policies and positions on international trade.
  • To study cases of Africa’s trade diplomacy drawn from across the continent.


  1. Global Trade Theory and Practice and African Development (CAIT01D)
    • Introduction to the Theories of International Trade
    • The Historical Role of Trade Policy in Development and the Implications for Africa
    • The Multilateral Governance of World Trade and its Impact on African
  1. Africa and the Politics of International Trade (CAIT02E)
    • Africa in the World Trading System
    • International Trade and Investment, with Specific Reference to Africa
    • Trade Policymaking in Africa

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Admission requirements

To be accepted into Short Learning Programmes, all prospective students must have:

  • NQF 4 or matric certificate or equivelant
  • a one year (minimum) tertiary qualification


Prospective students are expected to pay the full price per module(s) being registered. Read more


Last modified: 2019/08/08