Record Turnout Expected at COMESA Summit

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Antananarivo, Madagascar, Friday, July 6, 2018: Fourteen out of the 19-member States of COMESA have already confirmed their participation in the 20th COMESA Summit and Policy Organs whose inaugural meeting kicks-off, Monday, July 9, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. The remaining five-member States are expected to confirm their participating next week.

This was contained in a briefing to the Chairman of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Governments H.E. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar by the Secretary General of COMESA Sindiso Ngwenya in a meeting in Antananarivo.

Ngwenya said indications of high turnout were evident from the positive feedback received Members States.

“The Summit will be attended by a record number of Heads of State and Government,” said the Secretary General. “Also in attendance to sign the Agreement on the membership of COMESA will be the Heads of State and Government of Tunisia and Somalia which will bring the membership of COMESA to 21 countries.”

The Chairman of the COMESA Authority has also extended an invitation to H.E. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.

With the entry of Tunisia and Somalia, COMESA will become the largest regional block in Africa accounting for half the membership of the African Union.

“The membership of Tunisia and resumption of membership of COMESA by Somalia is in fulfillment of Article 3(f) of the COMESA Treaty that the Aims and Objectives of the Common Market is “to contribute towards the establishment, progress and realization of the objectives of the African Economic Community,” Ngwenya said.

During the meeting, the Secretary General presented the COMESA Biennial Report for 2016 to 2017 to President Rajaonarimampianina who will launch it during the Summit on 18th July 2018 as the Outgoing Chairman of the COMESA Authority.

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