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Burundi, DR Congo to Establish Joint Border Committees

Small-scale cross-border traders between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed on Terms of Reference (TORs) that will pave the way for the establishment of Joint Border Committees. These committees will assist in making trade faster, safer, and cheaper across the border. The implementation of the JBCs is in line with the Bilateral…
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‘Uganda has enough stocks to support drought-hit States in Southern Africa’

Lusaka, Thursday, 4 April 2024: Drought hit COMESA Member States in southern African region can benefit from Uganda’s bumper harvest, says Gen. Fred Mwesigye, the country’s newly accredited Permanent Representative to COMESA. Gen. Mwesigye (Rtd) who is Uganda’s High Commissioner to Zambia was speaking at the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka, Thursday 4 April 2024, when…
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Regional Optical Fibre Regulatory Policy and Framework Validated

Kampala, March 28, 2024: Close to 50 experts in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector from Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean region have validated the draft Policy and Regulatory frameworks for fibre infrastructures. These frameworks will help enhance digital development in the region. During a validation workshop held in Kampala, Uganda…
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Ethiopian Ambassador accredited to COMESA

Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday, March 27, 2024: The Secretary-General of COMESA has urged Ethiopia’s newly accredited Permanent Representative to the organization to assist expedite his country’s ratification of the COMESA Free Trade Area agreement. During the accreditation ceremony of Ambassador Rashid Mohammed Abdul Wahid as Permanent Representative to COMESA on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Lusaka,…
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Advancing Coordinated Border Management: Strategies for Efficiency and Competitiveness

Borders serve as crucial points where various agencies act as gatekeepers to territorial boundaries, with Customs authorities and other border management agencies playing essential roles in community protection. These roles include tax collection, preventing international terrorism, and safeguarding public health and cultural heritage. However, there is a notable shift towards facilitation and competitiveness through the…
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COMESA and EU Delegation Visit Zambia-Malawi Border to Witness Impact of Upgrading Project

The Mwami-Mchinji One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is among four borders that have undergone significant upgrades with technical and financial support from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) COMESA Trade Facilitation Programme. The upgrades include the installation of smart gates, baggage scanners, metal detectors, an advanced mini-lab, rapid testing equipment for Port Health inspectors, biometric…
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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 11TH COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM 2024

Research Theme COMESA has been holding Annual Research Forums since 2014. The Forum brings together various stakeholders, including policy makers, academia, think tanks and private sector to deliberate on topical issues in regional integration. The Forum is also a capacity building avenue in economic and trade policy research for young researchers. Successful research papers are…
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Push for Development of Small Hydropower Plants

COMESA working with partner Regional Economic Communities and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have conducted a one-week training to boost the capacity of technical experts and small hydropower developers as a way of helping millions access affordable electricity. The training conducted at COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka is seen as a crucial step towards…
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Zambia Validates Blue Economy Strategy

The Government of Zambia has developed and validated the national blue economy strategy which is expected to help increase the prospects for achieving sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially inclusive economic growth. The strategy will guide the nation in advancing knowledge on biotechnology, environmental sustainability and ecosystem services. Other areas targeted include growth of inland water…
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CAF Fined for Breach of Regional Regulations

The COMESA Competition Commission has imposed a fine of USD$300, 000 each on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and BEIN Media Group LLC (beIN) for breach of the COMESA competition regulations. This follows the findings of the Commission’s Committee Responsible for Initial Determinations (the CID) that certain provisions of the beIN Agreements were in…
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