Lusaka 21st April 2007.The COMESA Court of Justice which is the judicial arm of the regional trading bloc is holding a publicity seminar and court sessions in Zambia’s capital Lusaka from 14th April to 6th May 2017.
The full bench of the court has been sitting at Mulungushi International Conference Center led by Judge President Lady Justice Madam Lombe Chibesakunda.
The court held its publicity seminar today 21st April 2017 which was officially opened by Zambia’s Republican Vice President Her Honor Mrs Inonge Wina. The theme of the seminar is ‘The Role and Operations of the COMESA Court of Justice: Supporting Economic Integration within the COMESA Region’.
During her address, the Vice President urged the Business community in the COMESA region to utilize the COMESA court of Justice describing it as a well-established institution framework with capable and well trained judges available to preside over matters. She regretted that the court is not being fully used.
Mrs Wina attributed the under-utilization of the court to lack of information and understanding of the role that the court lays in fostering regional integration and thanked the Court for organizing a publicity seminar for the various Stakeholders involved in trade in the country.
“I commend you for organizing this seminar in Zambia because it will help our business community to know the court, understand its operations and use it from time to time,” she said.
COMESA Court of Justice Judge President Honorable Lady Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said the court has embarked on holding publicity seminars to sensitize the various stakeholders about the provisions and applications of the COMESA Treaty and remedies that the court can afford to litigants in an effort to promote trade development and regional integration.
“In fulfillment of such intricate social and economic objectives, legal problems and disputes, amongst Member States or between Member States and Individuals, legal and natural, are bound to occur and the Court stands ready to help the aggrieved parties,” she said.
Speaking earlier on behalf of Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya, Director of Legal and Institutions Affairs Brian Chigawa said the Court has made great strides in implementing its mandate.
So far the Court has held five publicity seminars in Uganda, Madagascar, Kenya, Sudan and now Zambia.