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    Antananarivo, October 13, 2016: Egypt and Kenya registered the biggest share of intra COMESA export market in 2015 with 22% and 17% share respectively. Zambia, DR Congo and Uganda followed with 13%, 12% and 11% respectively.

    This was reported during the 36th Intergovernmental Committee of COMESA that is taking place in Antananarivo Madagascar. The committee comprises Permanent /Principal Secretaries from the 19 member States.

    Egypt exported products worth US$ 1.7 billion and Kenya US$ 1.3 billion. The value of Zambia exports was US$ 977 million and DR Congo US$ 896 million.

    With regard intra-COMESA import market share, Zambia registered the biggest share at 24% with goods worth US$ 2.0 billion in 2015. DR Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Libya, Kenya and Egypt followed with 11%, 10%,   9%, 8% 7.4% and 6.7% respectively. Zambia’s intra-COMESA imports were mainly copper ores and concentrates and Cobalt oxides and hydroxides from Congo DR.

    Copper ores and concentrates were the most exported products in value terms in the region from 2011 to 2015 followed by black tea. Cobalt oxides & hydroxides products minerals also performed relatively well in 2015 taking the third slot from the 71 position in 2014.

    Trade in live animals has increasingly improved, ranking fourth in 2015 up from seventh and 40th positions in 2014 and 2013.

     Table 7: Intra-COMESA Trade, 2015 (Values in US $ million and % Shares)

    Rank Exporter Value % Share Importer Value % Share
    1 Egypt 1,672.8 22.1 Zambia 2,003.6 24.3
    2 Kenya 1,309.1 17.3 Congo DR 882.1 10.7
    3 Zambia 976.5 12.9 Sudan 796.1 9.7
    4 Congo DR 896.4 11.8 Uganda 699.2 8.5
    5 Uganda 835.9 11.0 Libya 624.1 7.6
    6 Sudan 481.9 6.4 Kenya 612.6 7.4
    7 Rwanda 321.5 4.2 Egypt 550.9 6.7
    8 Mauritius 225.7 3.0 Zimbabwe 432.7 5.3
    9 Malawi 212.0 2.8 Rwanda 394.8 4.8
    10 Swaziland 174.3 2.3 Ethiopia 296.4 3.6
    11 Ethiopia 162.1 2.1 Malawi 224.1 2.7
    12 Zimbabwe 101.4 1.3 Mauritius 171.3 2.1
    13 Libya 85.8 1.1 Madagascar 143.8 1.7
    14 Burundi 48.0 0.6 Eritrea 99.1 1.2
    15 Madagascar 45.9 0.6 Djibouti 93.8 1.1
    16 Eritrea 9.2 0.1 Seychelles 84.9 1.0
    17 Djibouti 6.8 0.1 Burundi 77.3 0.9
    18 Comoros 2.2 0.0 Comoros 22.3 0.3
    19 Seychelles 1.6 0.0 Swaziland 21.0 0.3
    Total 7,569.3 100.0 Total 8,230.0 100.0

     Source: COMSTAT Database

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