Category: COMESA News

Administrative Processes Simplified to Advance the COMESA FTA

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has made major strides in simplifying administrative processes under the Free Trade Area to deepen intra-regional trade which stood at US$90bn as of 2020. This is a reduction from the 2019 figure of $123.4bn due to COVID-19. COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe said this during the…
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COMESA Policy Organs to Meet this Week in Zambia

Over 200 delegates led by Ministers in charge of ministries that coordinate implementation of COMESA programmes and activities in the 21 Member States will be in Lusaka, Zambia this week for the annual policy organs meetings. They will be attending the 43rd Intergovernmental Committee and the Council of Ministers meetings from Tuesday 29 November to…
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Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Africa

Lusaka, Sunday, 27 November 2022: COMESA working with Save the Children, the African Child Policy and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) have convened a three-day conference on reinvigorating commitment by Member States and relevant stakeholders towards providing all-rounded protection to children in situations of conflict in Africa. Specifically, the conference aims to advocate for…
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Workshop on Environment and Climate Change Statistics for the African Development Fund Countries

MEDIA ADVISORY Media representatives are invited to a Workshop on Environment and Climate Change Statistics for the African Development Fund Countries opening Monday 28 November in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 60 public sector experts on environment and climate change statistics from 37 African Development Fund (ADF) countries in Africa will participate in the in-person workshop.…
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Ministers Undertake to Promote Initiatives on Food Security and Environmental Management

Thursday, November 24, 2022:  Ministers responsible for agriculture, natural resources and environment from COMESA Member States have undertaken to support the development and implementation of the COMESA digital Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) initiative. This undertaking covers similar efforts that aim to strengthen agri-food data and information system in the region which will enable informed…
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First-ever Intergenerational Dialogue Forum Set to Kick-off in Kenya

The first-ever Intergenerational Dialogue Forum is set to kick off from 21 November 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be anchored under the theme; “Breaking the barriers to meaningful youth participation and inclusion in advocacy: Enhancing the meaningful participation of youth in peacebuilding and peace processes in the COMESA region.” The forum will be conducted…
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Experts Review Proposals of Strengthening Regional ICT Associations

A technical working group under the Enhancement of Governance and Enabling Environment in Information and Communication Technology (EGEE-ICTs) programme is meeting in Kigali, Rwanda for a two-day validation workshop to review a study from a consultant on how they could provide assistance to the Regional ICT sector Associations. The experts from COMESA, SADC, EAC, IGAD…
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Finnish and Swedish Envoys Accredited to COMESA

Finnish and Swedish Ambassadors to Zambia have been accredited as Special Representative of their respective countries to COMESA. The accreditation ceremony was conducted at COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka on 15 November 2022. Ambassadors Saana Halinen (Finland) and Johan Hallenborg presented their letters of credence to COMESA Secretary General, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe. Both countries support COMESA…
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The African Development Bank supports COMESA to develop the pharmaceutical industry in the region

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund, the concessional lending arm of the African Development Bank Group, on 2 November 2022 in Abidjan, approved a $6.63 million grant to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to develop the pharmaceutical sector in the sub-region. The project, which will be implemented over…
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Implementation of the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA to Bolster Regional Economic Communities

The implementation of both the regional and the continental free trade area regimes will position the regional economic communities, COMESA, East African Community and Southern Africa Development Community into a formidable economic bloc to collectively exploit the envisaged benefits of Africa’s integration. Addressing the 38th Meeting of the COMESA Trade and Customs experts meeting on…
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