This study stems from a long-standing relationship between the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretariat in trade and trade facilitation.


Border Profiling Survey

The Border Profile Survey (BPS) report presents information about the extent of small-scale cross-border traders’ involvement in the cross-border trade, factors that influence their participation in small-scale crossborder trade (SSCBT), profitability of the trade and challenges they face.


COMESA Communication Policy and Strategy 2022- 2025

This communication strategy and policy serve as blueprints for COMESA and its Member States to adopt effective strategies to communicate with all its stakeholders internally and externally.


Report on Labour Migration Statistics in the Common Market for Eastern And Southern Africa (COMESA)

The report contains estimates on the regional and national level over a ten-year period and will among other things contribute to the implementation of the African Union Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa 2017–2026.


Key Issues in Regional Integration

Key Issues in Regional Integration is published once a year and comprises of research papers on key thematic areas.

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Review National Policy Developments in the Targeted Countries related to the Formalisation of the Informal Economy

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Annual Reports

These are comprehensive reports that highlights the achievements of COMESA and its institutions in implementing the regional integration agenda covering key milestones and the initiatives put in place to overcome emerging challenges

MEDIUM TERM STRATEGIC PLAN – 2021-2025 Also available in French Arabic



Policy Briefs on Key Issues in Regional Integration, Vol 9

This publication contains policy briefs from research papers presented at the 8th COMESA Annual Research Forum in September 2021

Policy Brief: Towards Addressing Economic and Public Finance:  Challenges to AfCFTA Implementation

This publication highlights some salient ideas of mitigating key economic and public finance challenges and threats to the implementation of the AfCFTA.

Export Potentials of Intra-COMESA Trade: Reaping the Benefits of COMESA Integration

The paper analyses the trade potential in COMESA, by indicating the products with the highest potential for export into the COMESA, the opportunities that exist to exploit the potential and factors hindering intra-regional trade in COMESA.

Key Issues in Regional Integration Vol 8

Key Issues in Regional Integration is an annual publication of COMESA Secretariat. This volume consists largely of empirical and a few theoretical research papers under the overall theme “promoting intra-COMESA trade through innovation”.

ESREM: Policy Brief Regulatory Oversight

A Framework for Regulatory Oversight of the Regional Energy Market in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean Region.

Social Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The report presents insights into the COVID-19 impacts on key macroeconomic indicators, trade and trade related issues and aspects of social and organizational culture in COMESA Member States.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Strategy & Action Plan

Energy is one of the key pillars of socio-economic development and economic growth. Every unit of unserved energy represents a social and economic cost to a nation.

COMESA Branding & Style Guide

These guidelines are designed to make it easier to produce high-impact communication. For our purposes, a brand is a coordinated effort that shapes a unified institutional or partnership presence through messaging, behaviours, offerings and visual identity.

Livestock Trade in COMESA

Assessment of Livestock Market and Mapping of Enterprises in Exporting and Importing Countries to Establish Basic Data on Import and Export of Live Animal (Beef Cattle and Small Ruminants) and Meat.

Guidelines for the Movement of Goods & Services Across COMESA Region

COMESA recognises that COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis affecting Member States.

COMESA Gazettes

This is a periodical publication that has been authorized to publish legal notices that have been agreed upon by Member States to guide the regional integration agenda. The Gazette provides a consolidated list of all the Decisions of the Council of Ministers made during their meetings and are binding to the Member States.


The Treaty is the covenant that was agreed upon by the sovereign States that established the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) of Eastern and Southern Africa, the predecessor to the current Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – COMESA. The Treaty is the guiding document of the Common Market.

Quarterly Newsletters

This is a comprehensive news item in the COMESA region

COMESA Strategy

This is a five- year planning tool that the organization uses to marshal both financial and non-financial resources to deliver on the mandate of the organization in the implementation of regional integration programmes.

COMESA in Brief

This publication provides a profile of COMESA as an organization, its history, mandate, objectives, activities, programmes and institutions.

COMESA Coffee Table Book

This is a pictorial publication done in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in December 2019.

COMESA Rules of Origin

The COMESA Rules of Origin are protocols agreed upon by Member States that attribute a country of origin to a product in order to determine where it originates from or its ‘economic nationality’.


This Publication traces the origins of COMESA from the 1960s through the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) days to the present. It highlights the journey showcasing the role the forefathers played to bring the Member States together in the quest of economic emancipation.

COMESA Social Media Policy

A guide towards use and applciation of social media tool for effective corporate communications

Market Research Report

Gaps in Covid-19 Related pharmaceutical goods & Services. Also available in French and  Arabic

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