The Information and Networking Division is responsible for implementation and maintenance of Common Market’s Information systems, IT infrastructure and IT system support services. (Chapter 20, Article 139 of the treaty).
The Division of Information and Networking of the COMESA Secretariat acts as service support for the Secretariat. It is responsible for the entire end-user computing infrastructure comprising desktops, notebooks, printers, scanners and UPS’s.
It is also responsible for the network which allows the staff of the Secretariat to use the end-user computing infrastructure with other centralized organization resources such as email, printing, Internet and various information systems, using IT Supported hardware and software.
Together, these elements allow the staff to accomplish the critical business tasks of the organization.
The Division is also responsible for assisting COMESA to attain it’s main pillars by using ICT as a tool to enhance regional and continental integration and trade within the context of establishing the African economic community.
The main programmes being implemented and guided by the technical committee on Information Technology comprising members from the Member States, are therefore in:
- Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA)
These programmes are a core part of the organisationâ€™s IT Master Plan which comprises activities such as: