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The AfDB Annual Convention: Two COMESA Institutions Feted

The Trade and Development Bank and the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATIA) have been recognized for excellence in development financing and insurance services. The two received the awards on the side-lines of the 57th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank and the 48th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund. TDB received two awards,…
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Fresh Impetus to Implement COMESA Protocols on Free Movement

The COMESA Protocols on free movement have over the years faced slow pace of implementation, with many decisions of the Council of the Ministers calling on Member States to speed up ratification. The protocols are on the Gradual Relaxation and Eventual Elimination of Visa Requirements (commonly known as the visa protocol) and on the Free…
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Framework for Strengthening Conflict Prevention Developed

COMESA Secretariat working with the African Union Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department (COMESA-AU) has developed a framework for sharing early warning tools on conflict prevention and management with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from Southern Africa. The framework will enable the parties to analyse data and information for conflict prevention, peace building and conflict management…
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Joint AU-COMESA-EAC High-Level Pre-Election Assessment Mission to Kenya

COMESA recently participated in a Joint Pre-Election Assessment Mission to Kenya ahead of the August 9, 2022 General elections. The high-level mission was headed by H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye former President of Burundi and current Chairperson of the African Union Panel of the Wise. The purpose of the Mission was to assess the state of preparedness…
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Burundi Reaffirms Support to COMESA

President Evariste Ndaishimiye of Burundi has reaffirmed his government’s commitment and support to COMESA’s regional integration agenda and called for deeper trade within the 21 Member States. He has urged the region to focus on implementing programmes that benefit the people by encouraging the growth of businesses and interaction. He said this during a meeting…
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ESREM Project Closes on a High Note

The Enhancement for a Sustainable Regional Energy Market (ESREM) Project is closing on 30th May 2022 after being in operation for the past five years. Through the support of the European Union, the Project has endeavored to create a favorable regulatory environment and tools for regulatory oversight in the Eastern Africa -Southern Africa-Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO)…
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COMESA and UNCTAD Train Customs Experts in ASYCUDAWorld

Twenty-one customs experts from the COMESA Secretariat and eight Member States have completed a three-months training on the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)World Functional and Technical Courses. ASYCUDA is supplied by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Over the years, the system has evolved through various versions and the current one…
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Boosting Intra-African Agricultural Trade through Harmonisation of Seed Regulatory Frameworks

With the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, Member States stand to benefit from wider market access for seed trade. This will lead to competitiveness of the seed industry and pricing given the ongoing efforts by the African Union Commission and partner organizations in seed policy and regulatory harmonization on the continent. Sharing…
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Banks Trained on Macro Prudential Shocks to the Financial System

Twenty-Five financial stability experts from eight Central Banks in the COMESA region have been trained on the transmission mechanism of macro-prudential shocks to the financial system. The training held virtually from 9 – 13 May was motivated by the fact that macro prudential shocks have the potential to disrupt the normal credit intermediation channel and…
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Eswatini Women Farmers to Supply School Feeding Programme

The economic fortunes of women farmers in Eswatini are set for better times after three international organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to support them to increase their supply of local produce in a school feeding programme in Eswatini. The MoU was signed in Mbabane on 4 May 2022 by the COMESA Federation of Women…
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