COMESA Sends Solidarity Message to Kenya After Terror Attack

Lusaka, Friday, January 18, 2019: The Chairperson of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has sent a message of condolences and solidarity to the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, Government, families and people of Kenya on the recent terror attacks in Nairobi in which more than 20 people were killed and several others injured.

In the message sent by Secretary General Ms Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the COMESA Authority His Excellency Rivo Rakotovao President a.i. of the Republic of Madagascar condemned the attack describing it as an unacceptable affront to all humanity. He has called on all COMESA Member States and the international community to continue supporting the Republic of Kenya in the fight against terrorism.

‘Your Excellency, during this difficult period, we reaffirm our solidarity with you personally, the Government and People of Kenya and our resolve in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs in the region,’ the Statement reads in part.

COMESA has also commended the Kenyan security forces for taking instantaneous action to neutralize the attackers. Kenya plays a leading role in the region in combating terrorism as well as promoting peace and security in COMESA and on the wider African continent.

The message adds that as a building block of the African Union, COMESA remains resolute and united with the African Union and other regional Economic Communities in combating terrorism.

Muzinge Chibomba (Mrs)
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COMESA Secretariat
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Le Marché commun de l’Afrique orientale et australe (COMESA) a reçu un financement de l’Union européenne en faveur du Projet Initiative de Commerce transfrontalier du COMESA et l’organisation va consacrer une partie de la subvention pour payer les services de conseil requis par ce projet.
L’objectif spécifique du projet est de faciliter le petit commerce transfrontalier entre les pays ciblés à travers des réformes efficaces des politiques et de la gouvernance, le renforcement des capacités institutionnelles, l’amélioration des infrastructures frontalières et une meilleure collecte et surveillance des données.
Les services de conseil prévus pour ce projet sont notamment le recrutement du personnel suivant.

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إعادة الإعلان بشأن الدعوة للتقدم لشغل منصب قائد فريق / خبير في مجال التجارة العابرة للحدود بموجب مشروع مبادرة التجارة العابرة للحدود

تلقت السوق المشتركة للشرق والجنوب الأفريقي تمويلاً من الاتحاد الأوروبي بشأن تكلفة مشروع مبادرة التجارة
العابرة للحدود للكوميسا، وتعتزم تخصيص جزء من التمويلات لتسديد تكلفة الخدمات الاستشارية بموجب هذا
ويتمثل الهدف الرئيسي للمشروع في تيسير التدفقات التجارية الصغيرة العابرة للحدود بين البلدان المستهدفة من خلال
السياسات الفعالة وإصلاحات الحوكمة، وبناء القدرات المؤسسية، وتحسين البنى التحتية للحدود، وتحسين جمع
البيانات ومتابعتها.

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The specific objective of the Project is to facilitate small-scale cross-border trade flows between targeted countries through effective policy and governance reforms, institutional capacity building, improved border infrastructures and better data collection and monitoring.

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Somalia seeks to invest in COMESA Region

Lusaka, Tuesday, January 8, 2019: The Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of Somalia in Lusaka, Mr Ahmed Abdirahman Sheikh Nur has revealed that the his country is looking for areas to invest in within the COMESA region.

Mr Ahmed said this in Lusaka when he paid a courtesy call on Secretary General Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe at the COMESA Secretariat. The two-discussed regional integration and possible areas of investments that Somalia can venture into within the region.

Some of the areas of interest mentioned by Mr Ahmed are Livestock, Fisheries and Infrastructure development. He indicated that Somalia has over 50 million heads of cattle and therefore stands to contribute greatly to the leather sector in the region and beyond.

“As we get readmitted to the Common Market, we wish to invest in various sectors such as fisheries, Infrastructure and Livestock. With over 50 million animals in our country, we are sure we can help boost the livestock sector and help the leather sector,” He said.

In welcoming the diplomat, Secretary General Kapwepwe said she looks forward to Somalia fully completing the re-admission process to the Common market. She said COMESA is read to provide a platform for Somalia to look for potential investment areas in the various sectors.

The Secretary General indicated that supporting Somalia’s investment portfolios in the region will help spur job creation among the youths and women in the region especially that COMESA is supporting investments which are aligned to value addition to the raw materials.

“We look forward to the finalisation process of your readmission to the Common market which shall make you a full member and enjoy the benefits of belonging to the grouping,” Ms Kapwepwe said.

The Somalia Government will soon appoint a new ambassador to Zambia who will also be the Permanent Representative to COMESA

Regional Programme to Strengthen SPS Management Launched in Uganda

Kampala, Tuesday 18 December, 2018: COMESA in collaboration with the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and TradeMark East Africa have launched a regional initiative that will help strengthen the management of Standards and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures in the region through a programme called Prioritization of SPS investments for Market Access (P-IMA).

P-IMA is a five-year pilot programme which has been launched in Uganda and will be rolled out to Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda.

The programme is an evidence-based approach to inform and improve SPS planning and decision-making in the region. Its benefits include having enhanced public-private dialogue, evidence to support programme design and fundraising, high level awareness about value of investing in SPS capacity building, transparency and accountability and greater resource efficiency.

Speaking at the launch in Kampala, COMESA Assistant Secretary General for Programmes Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget described the regional SPS programme as an integral part of the regional integration agenda which includes the need to remove SPS trade barriers through equivalence and mutual recognition of SPS regulatory frameworks.

He has attributed the low intra-trade levels in the region to the varied SPS and Technical Barriers to Trade and regulatory frameworks across Member States and the low levels of compliance amongst regional Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

COMESA’s intra-regional trade currently stands at USD$17.5 billion which amounts to less than 10 percent of total trade with the world. A study done by the Secretariat shows that the region has a potential trade worth of USD$82 billion.

“Most of our Member States are heavily dependent on agriculture, fisheries and livestock so it is of paramount importance that the SPS programme is well managed at national and regional level so that we can push intra-trade upwards,” Amb. Cheluget said. This was during the opening of the High-Level Stakeholder Dialogue and Project Inception Meeting whose theme is ‘Mainstreaming SPS Priorities into National Policy’ in Kampala, Uganda.

Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde commended COMESA Secretariat for taking the initiative to develop this collaborative regional project which builds upon the past initiatives in using evidence and engaging relevant stakeholders, to prioritise SPS investments and leverage support and resources to address SPS related challenges.

She said Africa today is grappling with SPS challenges which have continued to impact intra-Africa trade as well as the continent’s participation in global trade.  The SPS challenges are manifest majorly in Fruits and Vegetables trade, Horticulture and Floriculture trade, Fish trade, Grain trade and Livestock and Livestock products (including poultry and eggs) trade. They include among others contaminants, pests and diseases; particularly, Aflotoxins, mycotoxins, fruit fly, Foot and Mouth disease among others.

“Non-compliance with SPS measures has cost our countries tremendous export opportunities, both at the intra-regional and the international level. You may recall the Fish ban of 1997 that cost Uganda 45Million USD and the recent interception of Fruits and Vegetables worth USD 60 Million by the European Union due to lack of compliance with Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards,” Minister Kyambadde added.

She has described the launch of P-IMA as timely to help Uganda and other COMESA countries to address challenges they are facing in complying with Sanitary and Phytosanitary requirements in the face of limited resources.

Ms Kyambadde demoaned Africa’s huge food import bill in the world, estimated at over $30 billion annually. The reasons for this are varied including the limited production capacities as well as market infrastructure and inconsistent policy regimes contributing to segmented markets.

The two cooperating partners STDF Deputy Head Marlynne Hopper and Trademark East Africa Senior Director Trade Environment Richard Kamajugo committed to work with COMESA to scale up relevant interventions to address SPS barriers and boost exports to regional markets and beyond.

تعيين مطوري المحتوى للمشروع

تسلمت السوق المشتركة للشرق والجنوب الأفريقي (الكوميسا) منحة من البنك الأفريقي للتنمية لتغطية تكلفة مشروع صوت 50 مليون امرأة أفريقية وتعتزم إنفاق جزء من عائدات المنحة على أوجه الصرف المُستحقة بموجب العقد وذلك بهدف تعيين مطور محتوى واحد (1) لكل بلد بموجب ترتيبات الخبرة الاستشارية في الدول الأعضاء في  الكوميسا وهي الكونغو الديمقراطية وليبيا ومدغشقر وموريشيوس وسيشل والصومال وتونس.

يين المطورين الوطنيين للمحتوى

يعتزم مشروع صوت 50 امرأة أفريقية تعيين مطور وطني للمحتوى للمشروع في جميع الدول الأعضاء فيه. ويجب أن يكون من المقيمين داخل الدولة العضو والعمل بشكل وثيق مع الفريق الوطني بهدف جمع المعلومات وإعداد المحتوى ذي الصلة المتعلق باحتياجات المعلومات والخدمات لسيدات الأعمال التجارية وذلك لتحميلها على المنصة.