Borderless Africa book launch w/ Francis Mangeni & Andrew Mold

22 May 2024 – 17:00 - 19:00 BST
SOAS University of London
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
10 Thornhaugh Street

Join us on an insightful evening with authors Francis Mangeni and Andrew Mold as they launch Borderless Africa: A Sceptic’s Guide to the Continental Free Trade Area, a fascinating study of the different dimensions and implications of the the largest free-trade zone in the world.

The African Continental Free Trade Area, established in 2018, represented a monumental step forward for Africa in terms of meeting longstanding aspirations for greater economic and political integration. But it has nonetheless been met with scepticism in some quarters, both within the continent and beyond. Borderless Africa makes the case for the AfCFTA in an accessible and compelling way, without shying away from technical and academic debates.

Francis Mangeni and Andrew Mold take us on a journey through the different dimensions and implications of the AfCFTA, the largest free-trade zone in the world, starting with its underlying economic rationale. Pointing to the numerous historical examples of successful regional integration, they argue that the African continent will need to take on board such lessons as the agreement is implemented.

During the event a diverse panel of experts will discuss the more controversial elements of the AfCFTA, including the freedom of movement protocol, contending that this should not be seen as an optional extra, but as an intrinsic part of the accord. The opening remarks by the acclaimed author Ha-Joon Chang. Expect a interactive session with the authors and Q&A.

Signing of books will be available after the event. Order your copy here and redeem the 25% discount: BORDERLESS25.

Limited spaces, please register to guarantee your space.

Online Admission

If you are not attending in person, please Clique here to join online via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Francis Mangeni is Advisor to the Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and former COMESA Director of Trade, Customs and Monetary Affairs.

Andrew Mold is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and has worked for the UN extensively in Latin America and across the African continent.


Dennis Matanda: Chief Executive at Morgenthau Stirling, Inc. & Adj. Professor of American Politics and International Business

Ha-Joon Chang: Research Professor at the Department of Economics of SOAS University of London and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST)

Raphie Kaplinsky: Honorary Professor at the Science Policy Research Unit and an Emeritus Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

David Luke: Professor in practice and Strategic Director at the LSE Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Liz May: Senior Researcher with the SOAS Development Leadership Dialogue (DLD) Institute

Berna Namata: Freelance Journalist.

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