Author: Muzinge Chibomba

Good Practices Recorded in Zambia’s General Election

The COMESA Election Observer Mission to the recently held 12 August 2021 Zambia General Elections noted several good practices that were implemented during the electoral process. Among them, the establishment of conflict management infrastructure to deal with election related conflict.   The establishment of the Election Support Centres at both national and provincial levels to…
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Regional Annual Inflation Rate Falls to 129.8% in June 2021

The year-on-year inflation rate for the COMESA region dropped from 131.1% in May 2021 to 129.8% in June mainly due to prices changes in 12 key areas of expenditure namely clothing and footwear, housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels, household equipment, transport and communications and recreation and culture. According to the Harmonised Consumer Price…
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COMFWB Lobbies First Ladies to Advocate for Empowerment of Women in Business

The COMESA Federation of Women in Business has made a pitch to regional First Ladies to advocate for legislation and policies that addresses practices that inhibit the full participation of women in the regional, continental and global business.   Speaking at the SADC First Ladies forum on 17th August 2021 conducted in Malawi, COMFWB Executive…
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A New Tool for Monetary Policy Analysis and Forecasting: CMI trains Member States on Bayesian Vector Auto Regressions

COMESA Monetary Institute has trained staff of Central Banks from the COMESA region on “Practical application of Bayesian Vector Auto Regressions (BAVR) Approach to the analysis of Monetary Policy Transmission Mechanism”.   The training took place from 2nd to 6th August 2021 with 29 delegates from seven Central Banks of COMESA Member States participating, namely…
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Sub-Committee on Kenya Sugar Safeguard Measures Reviews Progress

The Sub-committee on Kenya Sugar Safeguard Measures recently held its 2nd extra-ordinary meeting to review implementation of the Safeguard Measures which are intended to enable the country restructure its domestic sugar sector to attain competitiveness and be a profitable sector that can compete regionally and beyond. The meeting held 17-18 August is a follow up…
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e-COMESA Newsletter 670


COMESA deploys election observers in Zambia: Country goes to the polls this week for presidential, parliamentary, and civic elections

COMESA has deployed a 40-member election observer mission in Zambia for the August 12 General Elections. The observers drawn from 10 Member States were flagged off on Sunday, August 8, 2021, by the Secretary General, Chileshe Kapwepwe at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka. The Mission includes observers from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya,…
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COMESA- Africa CDC joint initiative to enhance vaccination uptake

The involvement of opinion leaders in enhancing the understanding of Covid-19 vaccines holds the greatest promise in removing barriers to vaccine uptake in the African region, according to regional health experts that attended a two-day webinar on strategies to improve Covid-19 vaccines roll-out and uptake in COMESA Member States. Health sector stakeholders in the webinar…
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New Policies to Promote Digital Financial Services

COMESA Business Council (CBC) in partnership with Africa Nenda convened a High-Level Public-Private Dialogue, on 27 July 2021, under the theme, Towards the COMESA Digital Integrated Common Payment Policy for Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). The Dialogue brought together over 200 participants from the nine pilot-study countries of the CBC Digital Financial Inclusion Program,…
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COMESA, Corporate Council of Africa forge Partnership: MoU will strengthen US-Africa engagements and knowledge sharing

The COMESA Business Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Corporate Council of Africa (CCA) towards forging new pathways for stronger US-Africa engagements which will include developing a joint implementation plan to facilitate joint programmes for knowledge sharing. The signing ceremony took place on 27 July 2021 on the margins of the…
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