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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE 11TH COMESA ANNUAL RESEARCH FORUM 2024 

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Aviation experts push for a Model Bilateral Air Services Agreement

Kampala, Wednesday,  February 28, 2024: Aviation officials from the Eastern Africa-Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region are making steady progress in reviewing and having a model Bilateral Air Services Agreement[…]

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Three States ready to pilot the COMESA electronic Certificate of Origin

Three COMESA Member States, Eswatini, Malawi, and Zambia, have successfully integrated and interfaced their national systems with the COMESA Electronic Certificate of Origin (e-CO) system. They are now poised to[…]

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COMESA, World Bank to launch $50m project to promote energy access

LUSAKA, February 27, 2024 — The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the World Bank are set to implement a $50 million regional platform to support COMESA[…]

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Zambia borders get cutting-edge baggage scanners

In a significant milestone aimed at bolstering both border security and trade facilitation, a flag-off ceremony marked the commencement of the deployment of cutting-edge baggage scanners as part of 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, Briefly

A documentary on the key milestones and achievements in the COMESA regional integration agenda, focusing on four strategic pillars: market integration, physical connectivity, productive integration and gender and social integration.

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