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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 11TH COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM 2024 

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Burundi, DR Congo to Establish Joint Border Committees

Small-scale cross-border traders between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed on Terms of Reference (TORs) that will pave the way for the establishment of Joint Border Committees.[…]

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‘Uganda has enough stocks to support drought-hit States in Southern Africa’

Lusaka, Thursday, 4 April 2024: Drought hit COMESA Member States in southern African region can benefit from Uganda’s bumper harvest, says Gen. Fred Mwesigye, the country’s newly accredited Permanent Representative[…]

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Regional Optical Fibre Regulatory Policy and Framework Validated

Kampala, March 28, 2024: Close to 50 experts in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector from Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean region have validated the draft[…]

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Ethiopian Ambassador accredited to COMESA

Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday, March 27, 2024: The Secretary-General of COMESA has urged Ethiopia’s newly accredited Permanent Representative to the organization to assist expedite his country’s ratification of the COMESA Free[…]

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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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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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