Author: Muzinge Chibomba

AU-ECOSOCC/COMESA Training to Leverage CSO Networks in Support of Conflict Prevention

The joint African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) training seeks to leverage Civil Society Organization (CSO) networks to support conflict prevention, including the African Union Country Structural Vulnerability and Resilience Assessments (AU CSVRA) and the COMESA Conflict Early Warning System Structural Vulnerability Assessments (COMWARN…
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Preliminary Statement: Zimbabwe Harmonised Elections 2023

INTRODUCTION  Following the invitation by the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe to observe the 23 August 2023 Harmonised elections, the African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) deployed a Short-Term Election Observation Mission from 16 to 29 August 2023. The Mission comprises of eighty-two (82) short-term observers (STOs)…
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Unlocking the Potential of Trade in Services in Accelerating Intra-Africa Trade and Regional Integration

The service sector has emerged as the driving force towards reshaping economic landscapes across the world. With 54 African countries, 1.3 billion people, and $3.4 trillion in GDP, it’s time to leverage significant opportunities for export-led growth, economic diversification, inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and integration into regional and global value chains. To this…
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Saudi Arabia Contributes USD$2m Towards Construction of new COMESA HQs

The Government of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated USD$2m towards the construction of a new permanent headquarters for COMESA in Lusaka, Zambia. Saudi Ambassador to Zambia H.E. Ali Saad Alkahtani, presented the cheque to COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka on Monday 24 July 2023. Amb.…
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COMESA Hands Over Stewardship of the Tripartite to SADC

The stewardship of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) has changed hands with COMESA handing over the chair of the Tripartite Task Force (TTF) to the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The handing over was conducted on 14 July 2023 during the 36th TTF meeting on the sidelines of the 5th Africa Union Mid-Year Coordination…
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Zambia and UNCTAD sign deal to Modernize Customs Procedures

The Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to modernize customs procedures using the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA). The ASYCUDA is an integrated customs management system for international trade and transport operations in a…
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Seychelles Targeted in Air Transport Market Liberalization Programme

A third two-day National workshop to create awareness about the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) to Member States was held in Mahe, Seychelles, on 11 – 12 July 2023. This was the third in a series of workshops whose objective is to enlist regional States that have not yet signed up to establish the SAATM to do…
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Uganda Commences Training of its Law Enforcement Agencies

Uganda has commenced training its Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery (FIAR). This is in line with a recent COMESA Ministerial decision that underscored the importance of strengthening Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regimes in the region. This will ensure that existing gaps in support to Member States are…
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Taking Stock of the Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme

The COMESA Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme (RECAMP), is coming to an end in December 2023. Launched in January 2020, the Programme has been advocating for practical and realistic ways in which to increase private sector participation in the regional and global value chains. Funded by the EU under the 11th European…
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