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  • Experts Propose Policy Reforms to Expand STR Products Range

    The range of goods traded under the COMESA Simplified Trade Regime (STR) is set to expand following policy recommendations made last week by trade experts. Meeting in Kenya during a Policy Dialogue on STR Implementation, 8 – 9 October 2019, the experts proposed that imports from countries participating in the COMESA Free Trade Area (FTA),

    October 14, 2019
  • Investing More in Research and Development will Boost Regional Trade

    Governments of COMESA Member States ought to increase public expenditure on research and development to boost innovation and hence trade and also put in place favorable policy through proper institutional framework. According to a research conducted recently by two researchers on the relationship between innovation and trade growth, there is a strong linkage between the

    October 14, 2019
  • Regional Central Banks Staff Trained on Managing International Reserves

    Lusaka, Sunday, October 13, 2019: Central Banks of 10 COMESA Member States namely: Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Eritrea, Libya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe have benefited from a capacity building initiative on the management of international reserves. This is through training conducted in Cairo, Egypt from 15th to 19th September 2019, under the theme: ‘Active

    October 13, 2019
  • Addressing Regulatory Challenges to Attract Investments in Energy

    Djibouti, Friday, October 10, 2019: The past two decades have witnessed transformation of the electricity market in Africa following the gradual opening, liberalization and reform of national electricity markets. A fundamental component of the transformation has been the establishment of national regulatory institutions tasked with independently regulating and overseeing their respective electricity sectors. With investors

    October 10, 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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