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COMESA and AKADEMIYA2063 Sign MOU to Support Evidence-based Agri-food System Transformation

Kigali, July 19, 2024 – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and AKADEMIYA2063 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support evidence-based policy and program design, implementation, and[…]

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Business Models & Training Modules for Regional ICT Associations Validated

Experts in Information Communication and Technologies (ICTs) have endorsed the business models and training modules for Regional ICT Associations (RICTAs) affiliated to the East African Community (EAC), COMESA and the[…]

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Joint AU-COMESA Communique -2024 Rwanda General Elections

COMMUNIQUE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION AND ELECTORAL MISSIONS TO THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA GENERAL ELECTION OF JULY 2024 UPON the invitation of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of the[…]

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COMESA States Participate in Simulation Exercises to Tackle Emerging Pests

In the ongoing battle against agricultural pests, simulation exercises have become a critical component of global plant protection strategies. These scenario-based drills mimic real-world outbreaks, enabling countries to be at[…]

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Overview of COMESA

The history of COMESA began in December 1994 when it was formed to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. COMESA (as defined by its Treaty) was established…

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30 years of COMESA WP

COMESA INSTITUTIONS

An integral component of the COMESA success narrative has been its institutions. These are needs-based and respond to very specific niches in the region. In addition to providing expertise in specific areas, the institutions are involved in skills development and extensive market research that allows them to link evidence to their decision-making processes. To support the integration program, COMESA has established financial institutions to provide not just the much needed credit (the Trade and Development Bank), but also to provide insurance for non-commercial risks (the African Trade Insurance Agency), re-insurance (ZEP-Re (PTA) Reinsurance Company) and to facilitate international payments (the Regional Payment and Settlement System), and to underpin competition in the region (the COMESA Competition Commission).

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Our Programmes

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) comprises 21 African Member States that came together with the aim of promoting regional integration through trade and the development of natural and human resources for the mutual benefit of all people in the region.

Infrastructure Development

COMESA has recognized infrastructure development as a priority and strategic focus area that requires…

Agriculture, Industry & Private Sector Development

The Mandate of the Industry and Agriculture Division is to promote development of….

Trade & Customs Services

The main function of the division is to implement programmes to enhance cooperation in Trade…

Gender & Social Affairs

The Gender and Social Affairs Division in the COMESA Secretariat exists to promote and provide leadership…..

COMESA, Briefly

A documentary on the key milestones and achievements in the COMESA regional integration agenda, focusing on four strategic pillars: market integration, physical connectivity, productive integration and gender and social integration.

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