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  • Implementation of the Regional Industrial Strategy set to begin as COMESA Ministers Meet

    Nairobi, Thursday, June 20, 2019: Ministers responsible for industry and infrastructure began a two days meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the key outcomes of the meeting is the  approval of the Action Plan of the COMESA Industrial Strategy and Regional Guidelines on Local Content Policy by the ministers of industry. The adoption of the two instruments will pave

    June 20, 2019
  • 15 COMESA Countries have Established Road Development Funds

    Nairobi, Tuesday, June 18, 2019: Fifteen out of 21 countries in the Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa, (COMESA) have established dedicated Road Funds and Road Development Agencies to undertake maintenance, and development of roads for both the regional and national road networks. These are: Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi,

    June 18, 2019
  • Focus on Industrialization as COMESA Infrastructure and Industry Experts Meet

    Nairobi, Monday, June 17, 2019: The COMESA region has experienced a robust annual real GDP growth of close to 6.5%, but this has not led to economic transformation of the region. According to Principal Secretary in charge of Industry in Kenya, Ms. Betty Maina, this disparity has resulted from preoccupation with low value-added products and

    June 17, 2019
  • Regional Air Transport Liberalization Programme on Course

    Nairobi, Monday, June 17, 2019: Six COMESA countries have so far signed the Commitment towards establishment of a single African Air Transport Market. The signing of the instrument, also known as the Solemn Yammassoukro Commitment (YC), by Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, puts the regional Air Transport liberalisation programme on course. This was

    June 17, 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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