Category: News

AMDA and COMESA join hands to enhance modern and sustainable energy access in COMESA states  

The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), represented by Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Stephens, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) represented by the Secretary General, Ms Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. The signing of the MOU underscores the two parties’ shared efforts to promote sustainable…
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WTI, COMESA Initiative to Strengthen Capacities in Trade Negotiations  

Tuesday, December 8, 2021: The World Trade Institute and COMESA have conducted a training course for COMESA Member States aimed at strengthening human and policy-making capacities on Trade in Services. The course took place virtually from 6 – 8 December 2021. It was attended by trade and trade law experts from Member States that deal…
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Egypt Takes Over COMESA Leadership

Egypt is the new Chair of COMESA after taking over from Madagascar, which has been steering the organization since 2016. President Fattah El Sisi took over from President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar during the 21st Summit of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Governments on 23rd November in Cairo, Egypt. Heads of State…
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COMESA Leaders focus on up-scaling investments in health

COMESA Heads of State have today urged Member States to scale up investment in research and innovation in the health sector and to prioritize all programmes that would enhance socio-economic recovery and generate more resilient societies that are ready to respond to disasters that may come. In their Communique issued at the end of their…
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Egypt, COMESA Jointly Announce Summit Plan

Cairo, Sunday, November 21, 2021:  A joint press conference with Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Chileshe Kapwepwe, Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea has announced that Egypt’s New Administrative Capital will host the 21st COMESA Heads of State and Government Summit next Tuesday, Nov 23, with…
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COMESA Summit Takes Place on 23 November

The 21st COMESA Heads of State and Government Summit will take place on 23 November 2021. Consequently, a new Summit theme has been developed to rally Member States on the focus area in the implementation of regional integration programmes. The Summit will be hosted by the Government of Egypt and comes three years since the…
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Zambia is re-strategizing to increase its intra-COMESA trade share

The new government of Zambia is working on fresh strategies to increase its trade within the COMESA region, by closely collaborating with the COMESA Secretariat, which is based in Lusaka. This is according to the new Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Chipoka Mulenga. In a meeting with COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe who…
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Intra-COMESA export trade drops by 11%

The value of Intra-COMESA total exports declined by 11% from US$ 10.9 billion in 2019 to US$ 9.7 billion in 2020. The low performance was attributed to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and pre-existing factors such as supply-side challenges and prevalence of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). According to an update presented at the ongoing 37th Meeting…
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COMESA, UN-Women Mark International Rural Women’s Day

COMESA and the UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (UN Women ESARO) have organized a two-day webinar to mark the International Rural Women’s Day, that falls on 12 October. The event is aimed at utilizing the Day’s celebrations to disseminate the findings of two studies that were conducted by UN-Women, during the period…
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COMESA conducts study on formalizing the informal economy in the region

COMESA has conducted a study, which reviewed Member States policies related to the formalisation of the informal economy, focusing on informal trade. The study focused on the drivers of informality, the impacts of informality on the economy, including on government revenue and on productivity. It also identified the policies that Member States have instituted to…
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