Building the Capacity of Member States to Report on Climate Change Actions

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the COMESA Secretariat will offer a two-day virtual training to technical officers from Member States on the preparation and submission process of new/updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). NDCs are national climate plans highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets, policies and measures governments…
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Launch of the COMESA, Civil Society/Private Sector Online Platform (Video)

COMESA in partnership with the African Union, Economic Social and Cultural Council, (ECOSOCC) and the Save the Children International, have launched an online information-sharing platform to facilitate civil society organisations in the region to play a bigger role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

States Urged to Honour Contributions as Remittances Fall

The 42nd Meeting of the COMESA Committee on Administrative and Budget matters met Wednesday, June 23, 2021, with a call to Member States to meet their budgetary contributions to the annual budget of the Secretariat and its institutions. This follows a slow funding of the annual budget with four out the 21 Members States having…
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Convention to Promote Fair Trade in Agriculture Commodities

The COMESA-SADC-EAC tripartite agreement and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) present huge opportunities for enhancing intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and food. According to the Secretary General of COMESA, Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe, while the African continent has the potential to feed itself as well as export to the rest of the world, trade…
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The First-ever Meeting of COMESA Ministers of Youth Affairs Conducted

The first-ever meeting of COMESA ministers of youth affairs took place, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Its objective was to review the status of implementation of youth programmes and make policy decisions that will empower young people to meaningfully participate in civic and economic opportunities. Specifically, the ministers reviewed and adopted a report prepared by technical…
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Zambia, Zimbabwe Develops Implementation Plan for the Joint Industrialization Programme

The Zambia-Zimbabwe Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Joint Industrialization programme has agreed on an action matrix to guide the implementation of the programme and provide a timeframe for achieving the set targets. The programme is intended to promote industrial cooperation and increase competitiveness of goods produced within the two countries. The TWG has also…
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Tribute to H.E. Dr Kenneth Kaunda

We have received the news of the demise of the founding father of Zambia, H.E. Dr Kenneth David Kaunda, with a deep sense of sadness and immense loss. Dr Kaunda was one of the great sons of the continent whose contribution to the liberation of Africa and enhancement of regional integration is immeasurable. He was not…
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The Global Environment Facility Approves US$5.7m to Support Climate Actions in COMESA

The Comoros, Eritrea, Seychelles, and Zambia to benefit under the first multi-country project to strengthen capacity of Member Countries to monitor and report climate actions.  Lusaka, Zambia (June 16, 2021) —The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a US$5.7 million project to boost the capacity of four member states of the Common Market for…
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COMESA Telecoms Project Dropped, 20 Years Later After Failing to Take-off

A project initiated over 20 years ago to create a telecommunications company for the COMESA region has been dropped. The decision was made by the ministers of infrastructure during their latest meeting on June 2, 2021. Instead, the Ministers directed COMESA Secretariat to undertake a new study to assess and determine if there are any…
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Regional Youth Affairs Experts Conduct First Technical Meeting

Monday, June 14, 2021: Over sixty experts in youth affairs from Member States, the African Union and partner international organisations are meeting virtually to consider progress made on the implementation of the regional youth programme. The three-day meeting, 14 – 16 June 2021, will also consider and adopt strategic policy documents aimed at enhancing youth…
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