Author: Mwangi Gakunga

Burundi, DR Congo to Establish Joint Border Committees

Small-scale cross-border traders between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed on Terms of Reference (TORs) that will pave the way for the establishment of Joint Border Committees. These committees will assist in making trade faster, safer, and cheaper across the border. The implementation of the JBCs is in line with the Bilateral…
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‘Uganda has enough stocks to support drought-hit States in Southern Africa’

Lusaka, Thursday, 4 April 2024: Drought hit COMESA Member States in southern African region can benefit from Uganda’s bumper harvest, says Gen. Fred Mwesigye, the country’s newly accredited Permanent Representative to COMESA. Gen. Mwesigye (Rtd) who is Uganda’s High Commissioner to Zambia was speaking at the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka, Thursday 4 April 2024, when…
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Regional Optical Fibre Regulatory Policy and Framework Validated

Kampala, March 28, 2024: Close to 50 experts in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector from Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean region have validated the draft Policy and Regulatory frameworks for fibre infrastructures. These frameworks will help enhance digital development in the region. During a validation workshop held in Kampala, Uganda…
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Ethiopian Ambassador accredited to COMESA

Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday, March 27, 2024: The Secretary-General of COMESA has urged Ethiopia’s newly accredited Permanent Representative to the organization to assist expedite his country’s ratification of the COMESA Free Trade Area agreement. During the accreditation ceremony of Ambassador Rashid Mohammed Abdul Wahid as Permanent Representative to COMESA on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Lusaka,…
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Advancing Coordinated Border Management: Strategies for Efficiency and Competitiveness

Borders serve as crucial points where various agencies act as gatekeepers to territorial boundaries, with Customs authorities and other border management agencies playing essential roles in community protection. These roles include tax collection, preventing international terrorism, and safeguarding public health and cultural heritage. However, there is a notable shift towards facilitation and competitiveness through the…
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COMESA and EU Delegation Visit Zambia-Malawi Border to Witness Impact of Upgrading Project

The Mwami-Mchinji One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is among four borders that have undergone significant upgrades with technical and financial support from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) COMESA Trade Facilitation Programme. The upgrades include the installation of smart gates, baggage scanners, metal detectors, an advanced mini-lab, rapid testing equipment for Port Health inspectors, biometric…
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AU-COMESA Election Observers’ Preliminary Statement on Egypt Presidential Elections

Cairo, Thursday, December 14, 2023:  The African Union – COMESA Joint Election Observers’ Mission to the presidential elections in Egypt have issued its preliminary statement. The statement outlines key findings and recommendations on the electoral process up to the closing and counting of the polls. Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda, and…
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Joint AU-COMESA Elections Observer Mission arrives in Egypt

Cairo, Friday, 08 December 2023: The joint African Union Commission (AUC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) officially declare the arrival of their Joint Election Observation Mission (EOM), for the 10th, 11th and 12th December 2023 Presidential Elections in the Arab Republic of Egypt. At the invitation of the Government of…
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COMESA Competition Commission has disbursed USD 1.9m to Member States

The COMESA Competition Commission has disbursed 1,933,061 to Member States being proceeds from the review of 21 business mergers assessed between January to August 2023. In reviewing these mergers, the Commission receives statutory fees from the merging parties which are shared with affected Member States. This is in accordance to the Rules on COMESA Revenue…
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Key accomplishments in focus as COMESA Ministers meet

Lusaka, Thursday, November 23, 2023: The 44th COMESA Council of Ministers conducted today in Lusaka, Zambia provided an opportunity for the Secretariat of the regional bloc to highlight some key accomplishments of its regional integration agenda.  These focused on its key pillars: market integration, physical connectivity, productive integration (industry and agriculture) and gender and social…
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