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COMESA Conducts Panel Discussion on Value Chains at the 2019 Global Review

The first panel discussion dubbed “Promoting Regional Integration through MSME Value Chains” was conducted in Geneva by COMESA and attended by various stakeholders from all over the world. This was on the sidelines of the 2019 Aid for Trade Global Review. Panelists included, the Secretary General, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and…
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COMESA, ACP ink Euro 2.9 Million Agreement

COMESA has signed a contribution agreement of Euro 2.9 million with the ACP – EU under the TradeCom II capacity building programme. This was done in Geneva, July 4, 2019 during a collective grant signing event at the just concluded World Trade Organisation Aid for Trade Global review forum. ACP Assistant Secretary General, Viwanou Gnassounou…
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Madagascar Receives Additional 964,000 Euros from COMESA

Lusaka, Thursday, July 4, 2019: Madagascar will receive an additional 964,000 Euros to build its capacity to implement regional integration programmes under the COMESA Adjustment Facility (CAF), which is funded from the 10th European Development Fund Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM) programme. This follows the signing of the financing agreement between the country’s Minister of…
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Experts identify priorities for capacity building to enhance market access for Kenya exports

Nairobi, Wednesday, June 26, 2019: Upgrading and accreditation of laboratories for testing agricultural products for export has been identified as one of the priority areas that could benefit through the new COMESA led project on mainstreaming Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) capacity building into national policy frameworks. This is according to industry experts attending a…
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New SPS Project to Increase Market Access of Agricultural Products

Nairobi, Tuesday, June 25, 2019: Regional countries are set to increase market access for their agricultural products following the commencement of a new capacity building project to mainstream sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) priorities into national policies. The project is titled: ‘Mainstreaming SPS capacity building into the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other…
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COMESA raises the alarm on illicit financial flows and money laundering linked to piracy and other maritime crimes

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) participated to the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security and the 22nd Plenary Session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia which were held in Mauritius from 18 to 20 June 2019. Organised by the…
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COMESA Industrial Strategy Cleared for Implementation

Nairobi, Friday, June 21, 2019: The implementation of the COMESA Industrial Strategy has officially begun following the approval of an Action Plan and Regional Guidelines on Local Content Policy Ministers responsible for industry from the 21 Member States and their representatives adopted the two instruments today during the closure of the 3rd COMESA Ministerial Committee…
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COMESA Source 21 High Level Business Summit on Course

Nairobi, Thursday, June 20, 2019: Preparations for hosting the Source 21 COMESA High Level Business Summit and International Trade Fair to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17 to 21 July 2019 are at advanced stage. The event will be jointly hosted at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, by the COMESA Business Council (CBC) in collaboration with…
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15 COMESA Countries have Established Road Development Funds

Nairobi, Tuesday, June 18, 2019: Fifteen out of 21 countries in the Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa, (COMESA) have established dedicated Road Funds and Road Development Agencies to undertake maintenance, and development of roads for both the regional and national road networks. These are: Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi,…
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Focus on Industrialization as COMESA Infrastructure and Industry Experts Meet

Nairobi, Monday, June 17, 2019: The COMESA region has experienced a robust annual real GDP growth of close to 6.5%, but this has not led to economic transformation of the region. According to Principal Secretary in charge of Industry in Kenya, Ms. Betty Maina, this disparity has resulted from preoccupation with low value-added products and…
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