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  • Up Scaling Cassava Clusters: A FEMCOM/COMESA Initiative

    As a result of an increase in the use of cassava on the international market, the role of efficient markets and a better coordinated cassava chain have become important to producers and processors who depend on cassava. Market opportunities for farmers and processors include cassava flour as a replacement for wheat flour, cassava starch as

    November 20, 2019
  • COMESA Kicks-off 25th Anniversary Celebrations

    Lusaka, Monday, 18 November 2019: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa has today launched activities to celebrate its 25 anniversary since its transformation from the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) in 1994. In a press conference conducted at the Secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia, the Secretary General Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe unveiled the Silver Jubilee programme,

    November 18, 2019
  • COMESA Court Launches Revised Rules of Arbitration

    Lusaka, Friday 15 November 2019: The COMESA Court of Justice has launched revised Arbitration Rules aimed at guiding the business of the Court more efficiently in the current dispensation. The launch was conducted in Lusaka during the opening of the 22nd Meeting of COMESA Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General. Delegates attending the meeting commended

    November 15, 2019
  • Committee Meeting on Administrative and Budgetary Matters Underway

    Lusaka, November 13, 2019: The 40th COMESA Meeting of the Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters began in Lusaka today. The focus of the meeting is on strengthening the organization’s structures responsible for implementation of regional programmes at the national level. Over 100 senior officials from Ministries that coordinate COMESA programmes in the 21 Member

    November 13, 2019

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By 2018, 98% of NTBs reported since 2008 had been resolved. These covered: liberalisation of import licensing, removal of foreign exchange restrictions,  import and export quotas, easing of customs formalities, creation of one-stop border posts etc

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COMESA established a Free Trade Area in 2000, setting the stage for the reduction of tariffs amongst Member States. Hence, intra-COMESA trade has grown at an average of 7% with higher inceases reflected between intra-Free trade Area States.

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COMESA CVTFS is an online system that integrates other COMESA trade facilitation instruments in one platform. It also helps to monitor consignments along different transport corridors across the region.

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Find a list of all meetings of COMESA committees and councils as well as events taking place at COMESA and in the Member States e.g exhibitions, workshops and seminars

November 22, 2019
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November 24, 2019
Lusaka - ZAMBIA
November 25, 2019
COMESA Secretariat
November 28, 2019
Mulungushi International Conference Centre
November 29, 2019
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