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  • COVID-19 in COMESA: Situational Update #20

    A number of countries have started gradual relaxation of the strict measures they have had in place even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the COMESA region. As of 8th July 2020, the total reported cases were at 131,401 which translates to 2.19% of the total regional population COVID-19 in COMESA_Situational Update #20

    July 9, 2020
  • COMESA Bank in an Unprecedented Funds Mobilization

    World Bank Approves $425 Million Towards Infrastructure Financing The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a total of US$425 million in International Development Association (IDA) financing to support infrastructure development in the Eastern and Southern Africa through the Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and COMESA Secretariat. This funding falls under the Regional Infrastructure Financing

    July 8, 2020
  • USD 2.3 Million Project to Support DR Congo FEMCOM Chapter, as President Tshisekedi Visits Pavilion  

    The COMESA National Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (FEMCOM) Chapter in DR Congo has embarked on a $2,300,000 project to support women in business. Among the businesses earmarked include production and marketing of local fresh foods and smoked foods, fruits and vegetables. Others are value-added agricultural products and those involved in the

    July 7, 2020
  • Adopting ICT is Critical in Post Covid-19 Trade Facilitation Programmes in COMESA Region

    It’s close to two months since COMESA developed and issued guidelines for movement of goods and services across the region during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this period, there has been a notable adherence to the guidelines and the advisories provided by World Customs Organisation (WCO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at

    July 6, 2020

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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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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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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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