The Data and Artificial Intelligence for African Trade Initiative is a consortium of European and African-based scholars and practitioners to promote, develop and disseminate data-driven decision-making tools to support the expansion of inclusive and sustainable trade between the continents. 

We believe that this would contribute to global sustainable development, inclusing furthering  the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs #1 and #8 (poverty reduction  and growth- trade can be a powerful engine of growth and poverty reduction); SDG #13 (climate action - green trade can make a  significant contributor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions); and SDG#5 (gender equality - access to export opportunities can empower women entrepreneurs). 

The  Consortium will seek, as of Q3 2022 various sources of funding and other support to achieve its aims.

Institutions and individuals interested in collaboration are invited to contact us. 

The Principal Investigator is Professor  Wim Naudé  from University College Cork, Ireland and the founding project partners are the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa, Trade Research Advisory, The University of Johannesburg, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 


The establishment of this initiative is supported by the Irish Research Council's New Horizon's program.  



Data and Artificial Intelligence for African Trade Initiative

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