The 19th COMESA Heads of State and Governments Summit has come to close with leaders attending the Summit issuing a Communique on a raft ofÂ decisions to advance the COMESA integration agenda.
The new chairman of the COMESA Authority, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina noted with satisfaction that the theme of the Summit â€œInclusive and Sustainable Industrializationâ€ had been validated through varied interventions from delegation that attended the Summit and preceding policy organs meetings.
In his statement to mark the conclusion of the summit, President Rajaonarimampianina called for the prioritization of technology and innovation, SMEs and private sector initiatives. This in addition, greening of economies, value addition, diversification and capacity building in the public and private sectors which enjoyed continental consensus as priority initiatives.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Madagascar to peace and stability and conveyed his gratitude to the Summit for the confidence in his country to Chair COMESA.
â€œLet us forge stronger friendship and cooperation among COMESA Member States as well as the sharing of experience in addressing critical challenges including industrialization,â€ said the President.
He called on COMESA Member States to continue implementing decisions that have been made and maintain solidarity.