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  • COMESA Internship Program Revamped – YEP!

    THE COMESA Secretariat has revamped its existing internship program and created the Youth Educational Programme (YEP! COMESA) which is an internship programme for Youths aged 18 to 35 from the 21 Member States. The acronym YEP was chosen because it is an eye catching term that is being used by the youth to mean “yes”

    April 26, 2019
  • COMESA launches Regional Seed label Online Verification System

    COMESA has become the first regional trading bloc to launch an online seed label verification system in Africa and globally. The system will assist the region eliminate cases of fake seed and boost trade in quality and improved certified seed. The region has also scored another first by introducing COMESA Regional Certificates to be issued

    April 26, 2019
  • Zambian Govt holds Sensitization Meeting on the TFTA

    The Zambian government recently held a sensitization meeting with stakeholders on the Copperbelt mainly from the Chambers of Commerce and the private sector on the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The meeting was held ahead of Zambia’s pending ratification of the TFTA Agreement. The Sensitization was facilitated by the Department of Foreign Trade in the

    April 26, 2019
  • Fiscal Risk Testing Key to Prudent Public Finance Management – CMI

    The COMESA Monetary Institute (CMI) has emphasized the importance of fiscal stress testing for financial institutions in the region as it leads to prudent management of public funds. CMI Director Mr Ibrahim Zeidy states that addressing fiscal risks is therefore the key element of the COMESA Multilateral Fiscal Surveillance Framework.  He was speaking in Nairobi,

    April 26, 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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