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Regional Food Balance Sheet Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

Senior Government officials from the Ministries of Agriculture in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and representatives of key regional private sector associations that make up the Committee of the Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) Initiative have convened in Lusaka, Zambia for a meeting to advance stakeholders ownership and governance of the RFBS. The…
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Border Officials Trained on Handling Health Emergencies

Senior officials working at strategic border posts in the region are undergoing a four-day training programme on border management during health emergencies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The training kicked off on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 in Lusaka Zambia, targeting immigration, customs, border police, port health and trade officials from Malawi, Zambia and…
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National Accounts Statisticians Trained on GDP Rebasing

More than 70 national accounts statisticians from 37 countries in Africa have participated in a workshop on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rebasing in the framework of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) implementation in Africa. This is part of the Statistical Capacity Building Program, Phase 5 supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) through…
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ACTESA Develops a Regional Seed Information System

The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), has developed a Seed Information System which will be used to measure performance of the COMESA Seed Trade Harmonization Implementation Plan (COMSHIP). The COMESA Seed Information System (COMSIS) will give an opportunity to seed companies with varieties on the COMESA Variety Catalogue to know…
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Draft Tripartite Protocol on Competition Policy Moves to next Stage

The proposed Tripartite Protocol on Competition Policy has been reviewed by the Tripartite Committee of Senior Trade Officials and will be recommended to the Tripartite Sectoral Ministerial Committee meeting for consideration before being submitted to the Council of Ministers for adoption. This happened during the 21st Tripartite Technical Negotiation Forum and the 17th Meeting of…
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More Countries Keen to Join the TFTA

There is renewed momentum and willingness by COMESA-EAC-SADC Member States that are yet to ratify instruments of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) to finalize internal consultations and join the eleven countries that have already signed the Agreement. Once 14 countries sign, the TFTA will be set into motion. As Chair of the COMESA-EAC and…
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Tripartite Free Trade Area – Taking Stock of Progress

Trade experts from seventeen countries under the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement met in Nairobi, Kenya on 23rd and 24th January 2023 for the Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum (TTNF) were they reviewed progress made on various thematic areas needed to make the TFTA operational and unlock enhanced trade and investment opportunities. This is intended to benefit the…
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Countries Validate Green Pass Implementation Modalities for Fish Trade

Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have validated the implementation modalities of the Green Pass – an initiative meant to attest conformity to specific Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements as the region promotes small scale cross border fish trade. COMESA Secretariat is implementing the Green Pass Project under the EU funded Small-Scale…
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Building Regional Capacity on FDI Statistics

Experts in Balance of Payments from the EAC-COMESA-SADC-IGAD and IOC region have undergone a four-day workshop to enhance their capacity in the production of statistics under Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), a key driver of growth in economies. The training was conducted by the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) in…
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COMESA M & E Online System Preparation for Deployment

COMESA Secretariat is making steady progress to fully implement the Online Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) System. The development of the M & E System is being supported by USAID/ Regional Intergovernmental Organization (RIGO) System Strengthening Project which engaged a company, InfoTronics Business Systems. In consultation with COMESA Divisions and Units, the system has…
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