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2022 CALL FOR INNOVATIONS TO BE EXHIBITED AND PRESENTED AT THE NINTH COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM

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CALL FOR PAPERS 2022 FOR THE 9TH COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM

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Latest News

Eswatini Women Farmers to Supply School Feeding Programme

The economic fortunes of women farmers in Eswatini are set for better times after three international organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to support them to increase their supply of[…]

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Experts Call for Sustainable Regional Energy Market

The regional energy market has immense potential in strengthening and deepening regional integration but for many COMESA countries, the generation capacity is not enough to cover the nations own needs[…]

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Call to Utilize COMESA Court Services

Zambia’s Attorney General, Mr. Mulilo Kabesha has urged businesspeople in the region to utilize the COMESA Court of Justice for arbitration of disputes. Addressing judges of the Court during their[…]

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Regional ICT Programme Worth €8 Million Launched

Five Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are set to benefit from a new eight million euros project: Enhancement of Governance and Enabling Environment in the ICT sector (EGEE-ICT), funded by the[…]

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LATEST PUBLICATIONS

NEWSLETTER 

COMESA MTSP: 2021  – 2025

COMESA COVID-19 UPDATE

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 @25 – The Journey of Integration

COMESA, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, was established on 8 December 1994 as the successor to the Preferential Trade Area (PTA). This video brings the story of how it all began, the milestones in COMESA’s 25 years journey of integration, captured through the voices of a cross section of stakeholders

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