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  • COMESA and Sudan Engage On Regional Integration Issues

    Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday 19 Jan, 2020: Secretary General Chileshe MpunduKapwepwe is leading a high-level delegation comprising of Heads of COMESA institutions, Directors and Senior Officers in Khartoum, Sudan on a tour of duty to re-engage the leadership on that country’s participation in regional integration programmes as spearheaded by the bloc.   The delegation has so

    January 20, 2020
  • More Countries Ratify Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

    The Republic of Namibia has become the eighth country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) Agreement moving the region closer to having a fully operational Agreement this year. Six more countries are required for the Agreement to enter into force. Tripartite Coordinator at COMESA Secretariat, Dr Seth Gor has confirmed in Lusaka that

    January 17, 2020
  • Regional Approach Is Best Way to Fight Army Worms – COMESA/ACTESA

    A seed development expert based at COMESA Secretariat has called for a regional approach towards the fight against army worms which have attacked agriculture fields in some Member States.     Dr John Mukuka says both small-scale and commercial farmers need to work together with governments and agriculture institutions to ensure that the army worms and

    January 17, 2020
  • Zambia and Zimbabwe Planning Joint Industrialization Programme

    The Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe with support from the COMESA Secretariat are planning a joint industrialization programme which will build on the experiences and lessons learned from the existing joint ventures. The two countries are already cooperating in a number of sectors for structural and economic transformation since the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

    January 17, 2020

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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