Cairo, Friday, 08 December 2023: The joint African Union Commission (AUC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) officially declare the arrival of their Joint Election Observation[…]
Longstanding Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) constitute 63,6% of total outstanding NTBs with some of these remaining unresolved for an average period of 5 -8 years with the longest being above 12[…]
COMESA has launched a Trade in Services Portal to facilitate online negotiation of offers and requests between Member States under the COMESA trade in services liberalization programme. The launch was[…]
The COMESA Competition Commission has disbursed 1,933,061 to Member States being proceeds from the review of 21 business mergers assessed between January to August 2023. In reviewing these mergers, 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…
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).
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.
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….
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…..
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