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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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Regional Air Transport Liberalization Programme on Course

Nairobi, Monday, June 17, 2019: Six COMESA countries have so far signed the Commitment towards establishment of a single African Air Transport Market. The signing of the instrument, also known as the Solemn Yammassoukro Commitment (YC), by Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, puts the regional Air Transport liberalisation programme on course. This was…
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Kenya Hosts COMESA Ministerial and Technical Meetings on infrastructure and industry

Nairobi, Sunday, June 16, 2019:  Hundreds of delegates drawn from the 21 COMESA Members States have began arriving in Kenya to attend ministerial and technical meetings on infrastructure and industry. The meetings include the 11th joint ministerial and technical committees meetings on transport and communications, information technology (IT) and energy and the 3rd ministerial and technical…
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First COMESA High Level Dialogue Hosted in Kenya

The COMESA Source21 High Level dialogue and international trade fair took place from 17 July in Nairobi, Kenya, attended by heads of state, hundreds on business people, investors seekers and a wide array of experts on regional trade. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the forum in the company of Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Edgar Lungu,…
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What Next After the Coming into Force of African Free Trade Area

The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) will be launched on 7 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, by the Heads of State and Government at an extraordinary summit of the African Union. The Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, within 14 months after its signature on 21 March 2018 in Kigali. It was…
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COMESA, Burundi Affirms Collaboration

Bujumbura, Tuesday, May 4, 2019: A joint meeting between COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe and Burundi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ezéchiel Nibigira, Trade and Tourism Minister, Jean Marie Niyokindi and Permanent Secretary of Finance, Marie Salomé Ndabahariye took place Tuesday this week in Bujumbura. This was the Secretary General’s first visit to Burundi since her…
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Upgrading of Burundi Standards Agency Underway

Bujumbura, Tuesday, June 4, 2019: In the next few months, Burundi is set to increase its export products after an ongoing capacity building programme for its national certification and standardization agency is completed. A total 439,384 euros have been allocated, under the Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM), funded by the COMESA Adjustment Facility (CAF), to…
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Preliminary Statement of COMESA Election Observers in Malawi

COMESA Elections’ Observer Mission in the just concluded Tripartite General Elections in Malawi has issue its Preliminary Statement.

COMESA, UNCTAD Launch Deal to Establish Regional Trade Information Portals

Lusaka, Friday, May 24, 2019: COMESA and United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have today launched a Co-delegation Agreement to implement trade facilitation projects in the region. UNCTAD Secretary General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and his COMESA counterpart Chileshe Kapwepwe launched the Agreement at the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. Under the Agreement, COMESA…
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ECCAS Benchmarking on COMESA in Trade Facilitation

Lusaka, Thursday, May 23, 2019: The Economic Commission of Central African States (ECCAS) has mounted a mission to COMESA to benchmark on the latter’s successful trade facilitation programmes. Fifteen officials comprising of economists, customs, trade, agriculture, legal and programme experts arrived in COMESA, Tuesday, where they will spend four days with their COMESA counterparts learning…
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