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New Frameworks to Harmonize Tariffs and Standards for Energy Products in the Region

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – COMESA has developed regional policy frameworks that will assist Member States to improve the quality of solar products that are allowed into the region and achieve the ease the doing of business across borders due to predictable duty regimes. This is intended to address the proliferation…
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Key Decisions at the 43rd COMESA Ministers Meeting

Lusaka, Friday, December 02, 2022: COMESA Council of Ministers will engage their counterparts in Member States that have not ratified the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA) to do so as a matter of priority to pave way for its implementation. This was one of the key decisions taken during the 43rd meeting of the…
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The 43rd COMESA Council of Ministers Meeting Opens in Zambia

The 43rd COMESA Council of Ministers meeting opened today in Lusaka with a call for the region to prioritize key areas that contribute to economic growth including trade and transit facilitation. Zambia Vice President, Her Honour Madam Mutale Nalumango who opened the meeting said the region also needs to implement interventions that promote the establishment…
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COMMUNIQUE: Conference on Children Affected by Armed Conflict

The Children Affected by Armed Conflict (CAAC) conference was a three-day event titled “the protection of children affected by armed conflicts conference 2022;” held from 28th to 30th November, 2022 at Nairobi, Kenya. It was organised by Save the Children International, and Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), with support from the government…
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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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