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Supporting Cross Border Trade with Masks

Cross Border Traders Association officials at Livingstone town in Zambia, receives a consignment of 1,250 face masks sent  by the COMESA Secretariat to support cross border trade. This was part of a 5,000 consignment of masks donated by the International Centre for Small Hydropower (ICSHP) based in China. COMESA and ICSHP have a collaborating framework…
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Tribute to the Late President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi

On behalf of the Authority of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), I would like to express my profound sadness and sincere condolences to the family, the Government, and the People of Burundi, following the sudden demise of His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza. The late President was a member of the COMESA…
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Ethiopia is Trailblazing in Climate-Resilient Green Economy

Ethiopia has inarguably taken the lead in the implementation of Climate-Resilient Green Economy to protect itself from the adverse effects of climate change with significant resources being deployed towards reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The key success stories are in afforestation and land rehabilitation; generation and distribution of electricity from clean and renewable sources and…
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Rwanda, Uganda Record Reduced Trade Flows

Rwanda and Uganda have recorded a reduction in trade flows in April and May 2020, according to the latest report from the COMESA Statistics on ‘COVID 19 Impact on Trade’. The report was prepared in the first two months in which COVID-19 spread to the region. Imports into Rwanda declined by 32 % in April…
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Guidelines on Free Movement of People and Goods Published

COMESA has published and gazetted the regional guidelines on the movement of goods and services across the region. This heralds the beginning of the implementation of the guidelines across the 21 member States. The guidelines were endorsed three weeks ago by the COMESA Ministers responsible for regional trade. Regional trade has consistently faced difficulties as…
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Consolidated List of Measures in COMESA Member States in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Consolidated list of measures that COMESA Member States have out in place in response to COVID-19 Measures in Member States in Response to Covid-19

Congratulations to Burundi and the President-Elect

COMESA congratulates Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye, the President-elect of Burundi. Below is the message from the the Secretary General of COMESA, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe: On behalf of the Chairperson of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Authority, His Excellency, President Andry Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, and COMESA Secretariat and indeed…
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Business Council Supports Regional Production

In light of the various disruptions to business and supply chains across the region due to COVID-19, the COMESA Business Council has committed to support regional production and trade of essential supplies such as masks and sanitizers and to address the challenges regarding air cargo logistics within the region. According to CBC Chairperson, Mr. Marday…
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Diaspora Remittances Critical for Covid-19 Recovery

Remittance flows to Sub Saharan African countries will drop by 23.1% from $48 billion in 2019 to $37 billion in 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 economic crisis, according to the World Bank. Globally, the top remittance recipients’ countries, last year were, India ($79 bn), China ($67 bn), Mexico ($36 bn), the Philippines ($34…
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Malawi, Zambia Records Drop in Trade Flows

Malawi and Zambia recorded reduced trade flows in March and April according to the latest report from the COMESA Statistics on ‘COVID 19 Impacts on Trade’.  These were the first two months in which COVID-19 spread to the countries. This is part of a series of reports providing initial results on tracking trade flows in…
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