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COMESA, Kenya Sign €2,349,790 to enhance efficiency at Moyale Border

Lusaka, June 5, 2023:  The COMESA Secretariat and the Government of Kenya have signed two agreements: One sub-delegating the implementation of coordinated border management activities at Moyale, the Kenya- Ethiopia[…]

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COMESA Region Largely Peaceful, only a few Areas of Concern

The COMESA region has to a large extent remained stable and peaceful, with a few areas of concern where conflicts have emerged or continued brewing. This was observed during the[…]

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Launch of COMESA Business e-ACADEMY to Play a Leadership Role in the Region’s Digital and Financial Literacy Skills Development in the Region

COMESA Business Council launched a game-changing e-learning portal in Livingstone, Zambia, on Friday 26th May 2023, where over 50 women-run Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) were awarded certificates for[…]

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More than 100 Small Businesses Trained on the 1st African Trade Portal

The COMESA Business Council (CBC) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) has trained staff from more than 100 firms and public agencies in Eswatini and Zimbabwe on the[…]

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Overview of COMESA

The history of COMESA began in December 1994 when it was formed to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. COMESA (as defined by its Treaty) was established…

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COMESA INSTITUTIONS

An integral component of the COMESA success narrative has been its institutions. These are needs-based and respond to very specific niches in the region. In addition to providing expertise in specific areas, the institutions are involved in skills development and extensive market research that allows them to link evidence to their decision-making processes. To support the integration program, COMESA has established financial institutions to provide not just the much needed credit (the Trade and Development Bank), but also to provide insurance for non-commercial risks (the African Trade Insurance Agency), re-insurance (ZEP-Re (PTA) Reinsurance Company) and to facilitate international payments (the Regional Payment and Settlement System), and to underpin competition in the region (the COMESA Competition Commission).

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Our Programmes

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) comprises 21 African Member States that came together with the aim of promoting regional integration through trade and the development of natural and human resources for the mutual benefit of all people in the region.

Infrastructure Development

COMESA has recognized infrastructure development as a priority and strategic focus area that requires…

Agriculture, Industry & Private Sector Development

The Mandate of the Industry and Agriculture Division is to promote development of….

Trade & Customs Services

The main function of the division is to implement programmes to enhance cooperation in Trade…

Gender & Social Affairs

The Gender and Social Affairs Division in the COMESA Secretariat exists to promote and provide leadership…..

COMESA @25 – The Journey of Integration

COMESA, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, was established on 8 December 1994 as the successor to the Preferential Trade Area (PTA). This video brings the story of how it all began, the milestones in COMESA’s 25 years journey of integration, captured through the voices of a cross section of stakeholders

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