The inaugural Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme (RECAMP) is expected to be held virtually on Tuesday 7 September 2021.
The PSC meeting will provide an opportunity to review the progress made towards implementation of the RECAMP activities that commenced in January 2020 as well as review some of the key challenges encountered so far.
According to a statement issued from the COMESA Secretariat, this meeting will enable stakeholders to come up with key recommendations and overall policy and strategic guidance, necessary for the smooth implementation and coordination of the programme.
The RECAMP is funded under the 11th European Development Fund to the tune of Euro 8.8 million. Through this support, RECAMP is expected to galvanize the deepening of regional economic integration in the COMESA region by increasing and strengthening private sector participation in regional and global value chains. The main focus will be on three priority value chains namely, Agro-processing, Horticulture and Leather and Leather Products.
These value chains are recognized as key and instrumental towards not only increasing regional integration but fulfilling the industrialization agenda as outlined in the COMESA Mid Term Strategic Plans (MTSP).
Other key tenets of RECAMP are to further improve competitiveness, market access and improvement of the business environment particularly for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who remain the cornerstone of COMESA’s Industrialization aspirations.