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COVID-19 in COMESA: Situational Update #22

COVID-19 in COMESA_Situational Update #22

USD 2.3 Million Project to Support DR Congo FEMCOM Chapter, as President Tshisekedi Visits Pavilion  

The COMESA National Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (FEMCOM) Chapter in DR Congo has embarked on a $2,300,000 project to support women in business. Among the businesses earmarked include production and marketing of local fresh foods and smoked foods, fruits and vegetables. Others are value-added agricultural products and those involved in the…
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Adopting ICT is Critical in Post Covid-19 Trade Facilitation Programmes in COMESA Region

It’s close to two months since COMESA developed and issued guidelines for movement of goods and services across the region during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this period, there has been a notable adherence to the guidelines and the advisories provided by World Customs Organisation (WCO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at…
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COMESA Toasts the New President of Malawi

The Chair of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Governments and the Secretary General have, on behalf of the regional economic block, congratulated the new President of Malawi, Dr Lazarus Chakwera for his victory in the recent presidential elections. In his message, the Chairperson, President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar, described the Malawi Presidential…
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Measures in Member States in Response to COVID-19

Measures in COMESA MS in Response to Covid -19 Vol 13

COMESA Kicks-off Business Process Re-engineering

COMESA has begun the process of re-engineering its business processes. Its objective is to redesign and modernize all the business processes at the Secretariat. The aim is to raise the business efficiency and effectiveness at all levels across the organization to enable optimal service delivery. The exercise begun last week led by the African Capacity…
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COMESA Committee of Elders Meet to Review the Impact of COVID-19

COMESA will continue using eminent personalities from the region in addressing conflicts and entrenching good governance. Speaking when she addressed members of the COMESA Committee of Elders, Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe said the economic potential in the region can only be harnessed in an environment of peace and stability, hence the important role of the…
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15 Member States Ready to Pilot the COMESA Electronic Certificate of Origin

Fifteen COMESA Member States are ready to  start piloting the COMESA Electronic Certificate of Origin (eCO) System. The eCO is one of the latest tools developed under the COMESA Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) initiative. Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have indicated their…
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Quest for Extension of Project to Support Small-Scale Cross Border Trade in the Great Lakes

COMESA has engaged with the World Bank to extend the duration of the implementation period of the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP) by one year. The no-cost extension is expected to make up for lost  implementation time during the Covid-19 restrictions on movement. The four-year GLTFP is poised to end in December this year…
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Region Expected to Grow at 0.6% in 2020

The COMESA regional economy is projected to grow at a paltry 0.6% this year down from 5.2% recorded in 2019 and 6.0% in 2018. The slight dip in 2019 was attributed to lower commodity prices while the expected slump in 2020 will result from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic suggesting a deeper economic…
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