CALL FOR PAPERS: Harnessing Intra-COMESA Trade Through the Interface with African Continental Free Trade Area

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  • COMESA Initiatives Cited as Good Practices at Global Forum on Trade and Investment

    Lusaka, Monday, February 24, 2020: The COMESA Innovation Award, the Annual Research Forums and the Virtual Master’s degree programme in regional integration have been acknowledged as some of the best practices in trade and investment. The three were presented during a Knowledge Sharing on Trade and Investment Good Practices forum conducted in Brussels on 4-

    February 24, 2020
  • Two New Information Desks Established at the Rwanda/ DR Congo Border

    Lusaka, Friday, February 21, 2020: Two new trade information desks have been established at the Rwanda/ DR Congo border to promote small scale cross border trade. The two: Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola (DRC) bring to 12 the total number of Trade Information Desks (TIDs) established in the eastern DR Congo under the COMESA led Great

    February 21, 2020
  • COMESA, WIPO sign Pact to Boost Intellectual Property Rights

    Lusaka, Thursday, Feburary 20, 2020: COMESA and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have signed a cooperation agreement for collaboration in capacity building programmes on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for COMESA Secretariat staff and Intellectual Property Officers in Member States. The Agreement will support awareness creation on the importance of IPRs and assist to develop

    February 21, 2020
  • COMESA Develops Draft Action Plan for STR Implementation by Djibouti

    Lusaka, Thursday, February 20, 2020: COMESA has developed a draft Action Plan to be used by Djibouti in the implementation of the Simplified Trade Regine (STR) with its neighbouring Member States. The Draft National Road Map and Action Matrix is set for consideration by senior management officials in their respective ministries, institutions and administration before

    February 19, 2020

thematic areas

NON-TARIFF BARRIERS

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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FREE TRADE AREA

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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VIRTUAL TRADE FACILITATION

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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