Category: COMESA News

COMESA, Texas Agrilife Research Sign Pact to Address Key Impediments to Regional Trade

Tuesday, June 28, 2022: COMESA and Texas A&M Agrilife Research, USA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support mycotoxin risk management involving aflatoxins and fumonisins for trade commodities and staples. This is a key pillar of mutual recognition of certificates of analysis amongst trading countries. Aflatoxins and fumonisins are naturally occurring toxins and…
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Ministers Endorse Procedures to Establish COMESA Health Desk

Ministers responsible for health from the COMESA region have adopted Rules of Procedure to guide the establishment of a COMESA health desk and a regional statutory committee on health matters. This follows the recommendations by the 42nd COMESA Council of Ministers Meeting held in November 2021 which directed that a committee on health be established.…
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Steps Towards Establishment of a COMESA Health Desk and Statutory Committee on Health  

The establishment of a statutory Committee on health and a COMESA health desk are some of the new initiatives by COMESA Secretariat in collaboration with the African Union Center for Diseases Control (AU-CDC) to enhance intra-regional cooperation in the health sector. Towards this end, the two organizations conducted the first meeting on Monday 20 June…
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Administration of the Kenya Sugar Safeguard in Focus

The Fifth Meeting of the COMESA Sub-Committee on the Kenya Sugar Safeguard conducted a virtual two-day meeting 15-16 June 2022 to consider issues relating to the implementation of the Safeguard. Over the years, Kenya has been granted safeguards by the COMESA Council of Ministers to enable it undertake measures to re-structure its domestic sugar sector…
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World Bank Approves $250m for Small Scale Trade in the Great Lakes

Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and neighbouring countries within the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Africa are set to benefit from the new Great Lakes Trade Facilitation and Integration Project approved on June 9, 2022, by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The $250 million International Development Association (IDA*) financing aims to…
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MY JOURNEY OF FAITH

In recent years, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA has institutionalized an Internship Programme as part of its initiative to enhance the participation of youth in its regional integration programmes. This presents a unique opportunity to harness the demographic dividend and empower the continent’s youthful population to advance their contribution to economic…
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Development of a Regional Food Balance Sheet at Advanced Stage

Lusaka, Friday,  June 10, 2022: The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and COMESA are leading an effort to develop a digital Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) that uses data from a variety of public and private sources to develop near real-time and forward-looking food balance estimates. Once fully developed and operational, the RFBS…
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Saudi Seeks New Investments in COMESA

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to enhance relations with countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa by establishing new areas of investment and development through the COMESA Secretariat. On Thursday, 9 June 2022 the Advisor in the Royal Court of the Saudi Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Kattan, visited…
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Silencing the Guns: AU, RECs Meet to Finalize Implementation Plan and Roadmap

The African Union Commission is conducting a meeting for Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) on the Implementation of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps for Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2030. The three-day meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, 6 – 8 June 2022 brought together participants from the…
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Trade Policy Analysis Training Targeting Non-Free Trade Area States

A  trade policy analysis training for five COMESA Member States that are not fully participating in the Free Trade Area (FTA) was conducted in Lusaka, Zambia 30 May – 3 June 2022. The training also known as the Tariff Reform Impact Simulation Tool (TRIST) was intended to build the capacity of the participants to undertake…
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