Author: Muzinge Chibomba

Regional Seed Trade in Staple Food set to Improve

As procedure manual and checklist for maize trade are developed The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) working with COMESA’s specialised Seed Agency ACTESA, have developed Regional Seed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to improve regional seed trade in staple food crops. This is in addition to audit checklist mechanism for maize trade. These…
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AfCFTA will Stimulate Intra- COMESA Trade

The implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area whose trading commenced on 1st January 2021 is expected to provide the missing ingredient to intra-COMESA trade, according to a research expert at the COMESA Secretariat. In a paper titled: AfCTA – A Stimulant to Intra COMESA Trade, Senior Research Fellow, Mr. Benedict Musengele highlighted the…
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Digital Finance has Thrived in COMESA Region During COVID-19 Pandemic

The growth of digital finance in the COMESA region has deepened financial inclusion of millions of people, households and firms thus cushioning them against the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report prepared by Senior Economist at the COMESA Monetary Institute, Dr Lucas Njoroge, digital finance, driven by mobile money and agent…
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Capacity Building Programme for Border Trade Officials Underway

A training programme to build the capacity of trade information desk officers stationed at selected border posts is underway. The objective is to integrate them in border operations and enhance their working relationship with State agencies manning border posts. The Trade Information Desk Officers (TIDOs) are stationed in selected borders in the COMESA region primarily…
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e-COMESA Newsletter Issue #651

e-COMESA Newsletter 651

COVID19 Response Measures in COMESA Member States Edition #34

Measures in COMESA MS in Response to Covid Vol 34

COMESA Mourns Two Malawi Ministers

Secretary General (SG) Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe has described the deaths of two Cabinet Ministers that occurred recently in Malawi as devastating to the nation and region as a whole. In a message of condolences addressed to the President of Malawi His Excellency Lazarus Chakwera, the SG regretted that the region has continued to lose lives…
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COMESA Secretariat Signs Sub-Delegation Agreement with Malawi to upgrade Mchinji Border Post

COMESA Secretariat and the Government of Malawi have signed a 3.54 million Euros agreement that sub-delegates the implementation of coordinated border management activities under the broader Trade Facilitation Programme at Mchinji border post between Zambia and Malawi on the Malawian side. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Malawi, Ms. Christina Zakeyo, and Secretary General,…
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SG Kapwepwe Appears Before Zambia’s Parliamentary Committee on Budgets

Secretary General Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe appeared before Zambia’s Parliamentary Committee in charge of Budgetary Affairs on Friday 22 January and gave an update on various regional integration activities and levels of implementation. With a specific focus on Zambia, Ms Kapwepwe briefed the law makers on different programmes and projects that COMESA is implementing and its…
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CBC Partners with the Trade and Development Bank for the Digital Financial Inclusion Programme

The COMESA Business Council (CBC) in partnership with the Trade and Development Bank (TDB) convened a high level Public-Private Dialogue, under the theme, “Towards the COMESA Digital Integrated Common Payment Policy for Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) on 20th January 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda. The public-private dialogue brought together nine pilot-study countries, Central Bank…
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