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  • Continental Trade Regime Dominates COMESA High Level Dialogue

    Nairobi, Wednesday, July 17, 2019: COMESA Source21 High Level dialogue and international trade fair is underway in Nairobi, Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the forum this morning in the company of three other Heads of State: President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda, President Edgar Lungu, Zambia, and Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory. Among the key

    July 17, 2019
  • Yoweri Museveni in Nairobi for COMESA business summit

    Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has landed in Nairobi to attend the 21st Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) International Trade and Business Summit. Museveni is among high profile delegates from the 21 COMESA member states who will gather at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) for the week-long forum organised by the government of

    July 17, 2019
  • All eyes on Kenya as the Country Hosts COMESA Business Summit

    Nairobi, Sunday, July 14, 2019:It is all systems go as Kenya readies to host Africa’s leading premier small and Medium enterprises gathering, the Kenya Trade Week and COMESA High Level Business Summit dubbed Source 21, from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st July 2017. Preparations for the event are complete with delegates expected to start streaming

    July 14, 2019
  • Rwanda Ratifies the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement

    Kigali, Friday, July 12, 2019: Rwanda has become the fifth country to ratify the tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA). Members of the Lower House of the Rwanda Parliament approved the draft law for the ratification of the agreement on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The TFTA was launched on 15 June 2015 in Egypt by

    July 12, 2019

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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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