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Madagascar has signed the COMESA Social Charter which creates an enabling social and economic environment based on gender equality to maintain sustainable development in the Member States and in the region.

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina signed the Charter during the 19th COMESA Summit in Madagascar. Malawi and Mauritius are the other member states that have signed the charter.

The Charter attempts to provide the best practices that the Member States and the region should try to adopt with the view to attaining the objectives of equality, equity, equal treatment and equal opportunity.

Concerned with the slow pace of signing the Charter, the leaders urged Member States that have not yet signed the Social Charter to consider signing and ratifying it by 30 October 2017 to enable its domestication and implementation;

Further, the Secretariat was asked to consider including the signing of the Social Charter as an agenda item during the Summit and to expedite sensitization of Member States on the importance to sign the Social Charter. The implementation should take the domestic laws into account.