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About Trade and Industry (DTI)

About Trade and Industry (DTI)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) mandate is to contribute towards making Africa a significant and competitive industrial and trading partner in the global economy as well as an integrated trading bloc within the continent with the ultimate objective being to increase employment and wealth, and contribute towards sustainable growth and development.

The department’s core functions are to:

  • Ensure the formulation, implementation and harmonisation of industry, trade and investment policies to promote inter- and intra-African trade
  • Ensure development of policies on tariffs, non-tariff barriers and free movement of business people;
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders, such as chambers of commerce, industrial associations, exporters, importers, non-governmental organisations and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to enhance Africa’s share of global trade and deepen economic integration
  • Provide support to AU member states in global trade negotiations;
  • Collect, analyse and monitor data on multilateral trends in trade and the impact on Africa.
  • Implementing Agenda 2063 Continental Frameworks such as the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA), Africa Mining Vision (AMV), and Boosting intra-African trade (BIAT); and fast tracking flagship projects such as the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and African Commodities Strategy



Commissioner for Trade and Industry
Albert M Muchanga, Zambia (elected January 2017)

Director: Treasure Thembisile Maphanga (Eswatini)