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  • COMESA, UNCTAD Launch Deal to Establish Regional Trade Information Portals

    Lusaka, Friday, May 24, 2019: COMESA and United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have today launched a Co-delegation Agreement to implement trade facilitation projects in the region. UNCTAD Secretary General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and his COMESA counterpart Chileshe Kapwepwe launched the Agreement at the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. Under the Agreement, COMESA

    May 24, 2019
  • ECCAS Benchmarking on COMESA in Trade Facilitation

    Lusaka, Thursday, May 23, 2019: The Economic Commission of Central African States (ECCAS) has mounted a mission to COMESA to benchmark on the latter’s successful trade facilitation programmes. Fifteen officials comprising of economists, customs, trade, agriculture, legal and programme experts arrived in COMESA, Tuesday, where they will spend four days with their COMESA counterparts learning

    May 23, 2019
  • COMESA Deploys Observers to the Tripartite Elections in Malawi

    Press Release COMESA Deploys Observers to Malawi-4

    May 15, 2019
  • National content developers trained on 50 Million Women project

    Chisamba, Zambia, May 10, 2019: National content developers from 10 COMESA Member States this week trained on the use of the 50 Million African Women Speak platform in Chisamba, Zambia. The 8-10 May training workshop was designed to introduce the 50 Million African Women Speak Project and platform to the national content developers and give

    May 11, 2019

thematic areas


In preparation for a Customs Union the 11th Meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Cairo, Egypt adopted a Road Map that outlined programmes and activities whose implementation was necessary before the launching of the Union.

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The FTA was achieved on 31st October, 2000 when 9 of the member States namely Djibouti, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe eliminated their tariffs on COMESA originating products.

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Trade liberalisation and Customs co-operation; Improve administration of transport and communications to ease the movement of goods & services; The harmonisation of macro-economic and monetary policies throughout the region.

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