The mission of AECIT is to work on areas which are of strategic importance to the future of the African economy and governance and its economic relations with the European Union, such as:
AECIT had its genesis in an initiative of the think tank Mazungumzo – the African Forum in Brussels.
It results from joint thinking with various stakeholders, such as the Commission of the European Union (EU), the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Commission of the African Union (AU), and Henley Business School (University of Reading, UK).
As one of the first business schools to have a global presence, Henley Business School has a long established campus in Johannesburg (SA), where AECIT will be located.
The Centre provides an African platform for research and executive development, in collaboration with other academic centres.
In all programs, the Centre’s approach is on markets as an integral part of societies, on the inter-actions of the public and private sector for sustainable wealth creation and distribution and on the entire value chain of companies, including the often overlooked part provided by governments and supra-national institutions.
The Centre focuses on research and executive development for company managers (irrespective of company size) and for public officials.
In addition, it serves as a think tank for collaboration between the public and private sector.