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Longstanding non-tariff barriers constitutes 63% of those currently unresolved

Longstanding Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) constitute 63,6% of total outstanding NTBs with some of these remaining unresolved for an average period of 5 -8 years with the longest being above 12 years and the shortest being 2-4 years. The long standing NTBs are categorised into Technical and Non-technical NTBs; costly additional taxes, import licensing numerous/complex documentation…
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COMESA policy organs meetings underway this week in Zambia

Lusaka, Tuesday, November 21, 2023: The 44th COMESA Policy Organs’ meetings are underway this week in Lusaka, Zambia comprising the Intergovernmental Committee (IC) and the Council of Ministers meetings. The IC meeting begun today attended by senior government officials and experts led by Permanent/Principal Secretaries. The two day IC meeting takes stock of the implementation…
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Joint AU-COMESA Statement on the Presidential Elections in Madagascar

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Madagascar, the President of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency Moussa Faki MAHAMAT deployed a Joint Short Term Mission of AU-COMESA Observers, to assess the presidential election of 16 November 2023. This deployment was done thanks to the excellent cooperation existing between the Continental…
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EU, COMESA Sign Euros 48.2 million Financing Agreements

Lusaka, 20 November 2023: COMESA and the European Union have signed two Financing Agreements which will provide new grants to COMESA with total value of EUR 48.2 million, financed under EU’s Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, Sub Saharan Africa Program for 2021-2027. The Trade Competitiveness and Market Access program (EUR 40 million) will focus…
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Second Intergenerational Dialogue Forum -Key Take Aways and Recommendations

COMESA Secretariat in collaboration with the Zambian Government and international Civil Society Organisations successfully held the second Intergenerational Dialogue Forum in Lusaka from 16 – 18 October 2023 were young people engaged with the older generation including policy makers, diplomats, COMESA elders and politicians and discussed issues of peace and security as a catalyst to…
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Regional Optic Fiber study validated

Regional ICT experts have validated an Optic Fiber Study which identifies the status of optical fiber connectivity and challenges impeding country-wide fiber deployments. The study is intended to address the challenge that most African countries are currently facing on connectivity to the in-land It was funded under the eight million Euros European Union supported Enhancement…
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COMESA disclosure of the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan and the Stakeholder Engagement Plan

COMESA would like to disclose the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan; and the Stakeholder Engagement Plan in preparation for the appraisal of the regional component of the project- Accelerating Sustainable & Clean Energy Access Transformation (ASCENT) in AFE Region Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) (P180547).

CALL FOR PAPERS: Emerging Countries International Conference on Business, Finance and Economics

The Faculty of Law and Management at the University of Mauritius and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, at Stellenbosch University are pleased to bring to academics, researchers, policy makers and students the first joint Emerging Countries international conference on Business, Finance and Economics to be held in Mauritius on 5-7 December 2023. This…
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Law Enforcement Agencies Trained on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery

COMESA has commenced another round of trainings for law enforcement agencies on Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery (FIAR) following requests by some Member States namely Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The FIAR trainings have been necessitated by the sophistication of financial crimes which are ever-increasing with the advancement in technology and penetration propelled by globalisation. This…
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COMESA, Stakeholders meet at the 57th Zambia International Trade Fair

COMESA Secretariat working jointly with the COMESA Business Council (CBC) participated at the 57th Zambia International Trade Fair held in Ndola from 28th June – 4th July 2023. The fair offered an opportunity for staff to interact with the public and share information and knowledge on regional integration programmes being implemented.    This is part…
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