Author: Muzinge Chibomba

ACTESA and ISAAA AfriCenter Sign MoU

The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter) to implement the COMESA Biotechnology Implementation Plan (COMBIP). The MoU signed in Lusaka on 5 June 2024 outlines several areas where ISAAA AfriCenter and COMESA-ACTESA will work together which…
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Consultative Workshop on Development of an Information Management System for RAERESA

Lusaka, Wednesday, 5 June 2024: The development of an Information Management System (IMS) for the energy sector in eastern and southern Africa is underway, with regional experts meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, from 5 to 6 June 2024 to review progress. The IMS aims to bridge the current information gap in the energy sector and establish…
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Rwanda Launches Regional Program to Enhance Horticulture Sector

A regional programme meant to boost the horticulture industry in five countries in eastern and southern Africa has been launched in Rwanda. The COMESA, East African Community (EAC) Horticulture Accelerator Programme (CEHA) aims to accelerate the growth of the fruit and vegetable sub-sector in these regions. CEHA initially focuses on three priority value chains: avocado,…
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Push for Development of Small Hydropower Plants

COMESA working with partner Regional Economic Communities and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have conducted a one-week training to boost the capacity of technical experts and small hydropower developers as a way of helping millions access affordable electricity. The training conducted at COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka is seen as a crucial step towards…
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Zambia Validates Blue Economy Strategy

The Government of Zambia has developed and validated the national blue economy strategy which is expected to help increase the prospects for achieving sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially inclusive economic growth. The strategy will guide the nation in advancing knowledge on biotechnology, environmental sustainability and ecosystem services. Other areas targeted include growth of inland water…
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CAF Fined for Breach of Regional Regulations

The COMESA Competition Commission has imposed a fine of USD$300, 000 each on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and BEIN Media Group LLC (beIN) for breach of the COMESA competition regulations. This follows the findings of the Commission’s Committee Responsible for Initial Determinations (the CID) that certain provisions of the beIN Agreements were in…
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Hundreds of Youth to Benefit from Newly Launched Hub in Uganda

About 400 young people are expected to benefit from services to be offered at the newly refurbished Apala One Stop Youth Center in Alebtong, north of Uganda. Working in collaboration with the Government, COMESA Secretariat and partners namely Save the Children, Horn of Africa Youth Network and Epuka Ugaidi launched the Center located in Moroto…
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Media Brief: Launch of Apala One-Stop Youth Hub in Uganda

Introduction and Background Uganda’s youth, constituting 34.8% of the population, grapple with challenges in security, inequality, and governance critical for sustainable peace. Despite strides towards peace and growth, threats linger, including social divisions fueled by conflicts over resources like land and minerals. The historical impact of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda continues…
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Regional Trade Promotion Framework Validated

Representatives from Trade Promotion Agencies, Chambers of Commerce, the private sector and Ministries of Trade and Industry have validated the COMESA Regional Trade Promotion Strategy. This was during a two-day workshop held in Bujumbura, Burundi, 11 – 12 December 2023 to review and amend the draft content of the strategy. This is the first time…
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Law Enforcement Agencies Trained on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery

COMESA has commenced another round of trainings for law enforcement agencies on Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery (FIAR) following requests by some Member States namely Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The FIAR trainings have been necessitated by the sophistication of financial crimes which are ever-increasing with the advancement in technology and penetration propelled by globalisation. This…
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