The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation. More information can be obtained from the COMESA website 

The COMESA received funding from the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund for  the  implementation Cross-Border Trade initiative project: facilitating small-scale trade across project borders.

The project aims to increase formal small-scale cross-border trade flows in the COMESA region, leading to higher revenue for governments, as well as greater security and higher incomes for small-scale cross-border traders.

The COMESA Secretariat is seeking the services of an Individual Consultant with expertise in border infrastructure, particularly, border markets, that can be used by small-scale cross-border traders to trade within the vicinity of the border areas. The consultant will investigate the feasibility of the providing a border market at the specific locations as provided by the relevant Member State through their local authority or Cross Border Trade Association. The assignment will be undertaken under the overall supervision of the Director of Trade and Customs, COMESA Secretariat and the direct supervision of the Infrastructure Expert. This consultancy will take place over a two-month period.


The cross-border international trade is usually carried out by small scale traders who carry the goods on bicycles, pushcarts or by buses or trucks. Congestion at the borders causes delays in clearance times, pushes up the cost and reduces market time, with traders often facing long and slow passenger queues in the formal goods clearance channel. There is inadequacy of specific basic infrastructure at the border to cater for the needs of small-scale traders that compounds the overall constraints resulting from lack of access to electricity, transport, storage and telecommunications. Proper border infrastructures, such as markets, storage/warehouses, health and sanitary facilities (especially for women), decentralised SPS certification centres, accommodations, security lightings or pedestrian lanes, are often missing at border areas, making these places very chaotic and unsafe. The lack of market infrastructure near borders reduces the connection between traders and customers. In addition, poor quality, or absence of, storage facilities often result in traders selling perishable stock at losses to prevent spoilage. Women cross border traders who deal primarily with low value, perishable primary products are particularly susceptible to this occurrence. This is clearly not conducive to competitive business.  

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this contract is to carry out a feasibility study in Eastern Province – Chipata and develop a costed border specific activity plan for the provision of a border market as one of the tools that will be used to increase formal small-scale cross border trade. The feasibility study will inform the detailed design, construction and operation of the proposed cross border market Eastern Province- Chipata. 

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