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  • 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
  • COMESA Region Annual Inflation Report, September 2019

    The year on year, inflation rate (annual percentage change) in the COMESA region as measured by the Harmonized Consumer Price Index (HCPI-COMESA) stood at 23.4% for the month of September 2019. Read on:    

    November 9, 2019
  • COMSHIP Launched in 18 COMESA Member States

    Kigali, Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Eighteen COMESA Member countries have successfully launched the regional Seed Harmonisation Implementation Plan (COMSHIP) while five of these are implementing the programme with support from USAID. The remaining Member States namely Somalia, Tunisia and Libya are yet to launch. This was revealed during the opening of the 3rd COMESA Seed

    November 7, 2019
  • Regional Climate Change Resilience Framework Developed

    Nairobi, Tuesday, November 5, 2019: COMESA has developed a draft Regional Resilience Framework to build the capacity of its members to withstand disasters occasioned by adverse effects of climate change. The development of the framework has been informed by the increasing vulnerability of regional countries, to climate change and other disasters such as flooding, landslides,

    November 5, 2019

thematic areas


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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