CALL FOR PAPERS: Harnessing Intra-COMESA Trade Through the Interface with African Continental Free Trade Area

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  • Animal Resource Information System (ARIS-3) to Support Priority Regional Livestock Value Chains

    As a part of implementation and coordination of ARIS II for the sustainable development of animal resources, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Pan African Support for the sustainable development of livestock for livelihoods in Africa Live2Africa will be transforming priority regional livestock value chains through strengthening systematic capacity building across

    February 14, 2020
  • Tribute to the Late Honourable Mr Justice Abdalla El Bashir

    It is with deep sorrow that the COMESA Court of Justice have learnt of the untimely demise of His Lordship Honourable Mr Justice Abdalla El Bashir who passed away on Thursday 6 February 2020 in Khartoum, Sudan. His Lordship Justice Abdalla El Bashir was a remarkable and accomplished judge that is worthy of recognition. He

    February 14, 2020
  • COMESA Mourns Founding Father and Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi

    COMESA this week joined mourners who gathered in Kenya’s Nakuru town to pay their last respects to the departed former Kenyan head of state President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi. President Moi died Tuesday 4 February 2020, at Nairobi Hospital after ailing for several months. He was 95. President Moi played a critical role in the

    February 14, 2020
  • COMESA and ReNAPRI to Strengthen Relations in Agriculture Policy Research

    COMESA/ACTESA and the Regional Network on Agriculture Policy Research Institutes have agreed to strengthen the relationship in the areas of agriculture policy research and outreach in the region through an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU seeks to establish a framework within which the parties will jointly explore and coordinate policy research and development

    February 14, 2020

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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