Author: Muzinge Chibomba

Administrative Processes Simplified to Advance the COMESA FTA

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has made major strides in simplifying administrative processes under the Free Trade Area to deepen intra-regional trade which stood at US$90bn as of 2020. This is a reduction from the 2019 figure of $123.4bn due to COVID-19. COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe said this during the…
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Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Africa

Lusaka, Sunday, 27 November 2022: COMESA working with Save the Children, the African Child Policy and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) have convened a three-day conference on reinvigorating commitment by Member States and relevant stakeholders towards providing all-rounded protection to children in situations of conflict in Africa. Specifically, the conference aims to advocate for…
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Workshop on Environment and Climate Change Statistics for the African Development Fund Countries

MEDIA ADVISORY Media representatives are invited to a Workshop on Environment and Climate Change Statistics for the African Development Fund Countries opening Monday 28 November in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 60 public sector experts on environment and climate change statistics from 37 African Development Fund (ADF) countries in Africa will participate in the in-person workshop.…
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First-ever Intergenerational Dialogue Forum Set to Kick-off in Kenya

The first-ever Intergenerational Dialogue Forum is set to kick off from 21 November 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be anchored under the theme; “Breaking the barriers to meaningful youth participation and inclusion in advocacy: Enhancing the meaningful participation of youth in peacebuilding and peace processes in the COMESA region.” The forum will be conducted…
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Experts Review Proposals of Strengthening Regional ICT Associations

A technical working group under the Enhancement of Governance and Enabling Environment in Information and Communication Technology (EGEE-ICTs) programme is meeting in Kigali, Rwanda for a two-day validation workshop to review a study from a consultant on how they could provide assistance to the Regional ICT sector Associations. The experts from COMESA, SADC, EAC, IGAD…
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Data on Women and Girls Takes Centre Stage as Representatives from 40 African Countries Convene in Nairobi for the Joint Africa Gender Statistics Conference

Nairobi, 26 September 2022—More than 150 public and civil society actors from 40 African countries have convened in Nairobi, Kenya for the Joint Africa Gender Statistics Conference taking place from 26 -30 September 2022. Held under the theme ‘Gender Statistics Imperatives for Africa’, the Conference will interrogate gender statistics through the lens of Agenda 2063—the…
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Regional Monetary Institute Director Bids Farewell

COMESA Monetary Institute (CMI) Director Mr Ibrahim Zeidy has bid farewell to the financial institution after having joined in 2011 when it was established. He was the first to be appointed Director of CMI and has over the years enhanced the implementation of the COMESA monetary integration agenda. During his tenure, Mr Zeidy achieved several…
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Central Banks Trained on Basel III and Macro-Prudential Surveillance

Forty-Five banking supervisors and financial stability analysts from ten Central Banks from the region have been trained on Basel III and Macro-Prudential Surveillance which aims at strengthening the resilience of the banking system, improve market confidence in regulatory ratios and promote a level playing field. Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Outgoing COMESA Monetary Institute…
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Substandard Solar Equipment a Source of Low Usage

The availability of poor quality solar equipment and products which are out competing Quality Verified (QV) solar equipment and products is leading to lack of reliability and a general mistrust of these products by consumers in the COMESA region. This has in turn reduced the rate at which both on grid and off grid solar…
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COMESA Supports Gender Mainstreaming into the Implementation of Zimbabwe’s NDC

At least 30 climate change focal persons from various government ministries and agencies have been trained on Gender Mainstreaming into Zimbabwe’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation. The event was convened by the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry with support from COMESA Secretariat Climate Change Unit from 24-25 August 2022 in Bulawayo. This…
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