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Euros 6.8 million Project to Upgrade Zambian Border Posts Launched

Friday, February 25, 2022: The Government of Zambia in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have conducted the official launch of the 6.8 million Euros project to upgrade Zambian border posts. The project, Zambia Border Posts Upgrade Project (ZBPUP), whose implementation has been underway since…
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Studies to Address Impediments to Small Cross Border Trade Complete

February 25, 2022: COMESA has conducted two studies to address bottlenecks that impede small scale trade flows within the region. The first study aims at determining the best approach towards smooth implementation of the Simplified Trade Regime (STR). The second relates to the sustainability of trade information desks currently established at border points. The studies…
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Blue Economy Statistical System Account Developed

The COMESA region is set to benefit from the development of the Blue Economy Fisheries Satellite Account meant to help the region get appropriate data on marine fisheries and promote efficient use of fisheries resources. Working with ECOFISH, a programme funded under the European Development Fund (EDF11) Cross Regional envelope, several Regional Economic Communities (RECs)…
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Zambian Media Enlisted in Projects’ Communications

Media practitioners in Zambia have been enlisted to support public communication of regional integration programmes being implemented jointly by the government, COMESA and the European Union. About 40 journalists comprising of editors and reporters participated separately in a two-day each sensitization programme conducted on 21 – 24 February 2022 in Lusaka. The event was organized…
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COMSHIP Launched in Tunisia to Widen Regional Seed Market

Tunisia has become the 19th COMESA Member State to launch the Regional Seed Harmonisation Implementation Plan (COMSHIP). The overall goal of COMSHIP is to implement the COMESA Seed Trade Harmonisation Regulations which are expected to enhance seed production, reliability, improve seed trade including increasing the competitiveness of the seed industry in the southern and east…
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RIFF Holds Planning Workshop for Project Roll-out

The Regional Infrastructure Financing Facility (RIFF), an investment financing arm funded by the World Bank to support infrastructure development in the COMESA region is set to roll out its activities for 2022. Recently, the Project Implementation Unit of the RIFF held a three-day orientation workshop in Siavonga south of Lusaka to discuss the work plan…
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Regional Annual Inflation Rate at 180.1% to Close 2021

The annual inflation rate in the COMESA region was recorded at 180.1 % as at December 2021. According to the latest Harmonised Consumer Price Index (HCPI) monthly news release produced by the Statistics Unit at COMESA Secretariat, the December inflation rate was up from 156.8% registered in November 2021. A year earlier, the rate was…
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COMESA Signs AU Protocol to Consolidate Relations

Secretary General of COMESA Her Excellency Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe has signed the Protocol on Relations between the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) meant to consolidate relations with the mother body. Witnessed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission HE. Moussa Faki Mahamat and East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Dr.…
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COMESA-TRADESIFT TRAINING: Analysing International Trade Data using TradeSift

An opportunity for COMESA Member States’ policy makers, Secretariat staff, researchers, university lecturers and students to enhance their capacity in trade policy analysis using a friendly software! COURSE TITLE: Analysing International Trade Data using TradeSift COURSE DATE (TBC): Mon 28 February 2022 – Thurs 3 March 2022 COURSE DURATION: 4 days comprised of live webinars…
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RAERESA Gets US$1.5m for Harmonisation of Electricity Regulations and Improving Cross Border Power Trade

The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a grant of US$1.5m to advance intra-regional harmonization of electricity regulations and drive cross-border power trading in the COMESA region. This will be implemented through COMESA’s energy regulatory arm -the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA). The two-year project seeks…
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