COMESA Resource Centre was established in 1992 under Article 142 of the COMESA Treaty with the following Mandate: “Member States agree to recognize the status of the Library situated at the Secretariat as the official depository Library of the Common Market for storage of all documents; regulations, public notices, databases and other documents with regard to national development plans, official gazettes, Central Bank annuals, periodic reports and other documents as may be determined and notified by the Library from time to time, with respect to member states.”

The Centre has a comprehensive collection of both printed and electronic information resources, all enhancing the documentation of the history of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Currently the Resource Centre accommodates COMESA Programmes documentation, Publications from Member States, WTO references, subscribed online research databases, subject journals and magazines, general referencing and information referral services. It is designed to facilitate all citizens of the member states access to information and information resources so collected and documented.