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Lusaka, Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Winners of the 2017, COMESA Media Awards have been named. They are Mr. Peterson Tumwebaze of The New Times of Rwanda and Ms. Herrsha Lutchman (pictured) of The Bizweek, Mauritius. The two were announced during the 37th COMESA Council of Ministers meeting that took place in Lusaka Zambia, 3 - 4 November 2017.

At the same time,  COMESA Secretariat has issued a Call for Submission of Entries to the 2018 COMESA Media Awards. Journalists from the 19 Member States are invited to submit entries published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Details of the call for entry and entry forms are available on:

During the Council meeting, the Ministers approved rewards to the two journalists which includes sponsorship to attend and cover the next COMESA Heads of State Summit, a cash reward, a trophy and a certificate.  The journalists will receive the awards during the Summit expected early next year.

Entries for the awards were those published in 2016. Entries were received from 11 out of the 19 COMESA Members States including Burundi, D R Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The objective of the COMESA Media Awards is to promote reporting of COMESA regional integration activities and recognize journalists whose works contribute to the integration agenda. The awards are open to journalists from the 19 COMESA Member States.

Mr Tumwebaze winning entry on the COMESA Local Sourcing Project, whose objective is to promote business linkages between local producers and buyers in the region. The programme encourages corporate firms to buy most of their supplies locally. The project was piloted by the COMESA Business Council in six member States.

Ms Herrsha’ s article addressed the political challenges that face regional trade despite the existence of frameworks such as the Tripartite Free Trade Area.