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21st Summit of COMESA Heads of State and Government – Livestream (23rd November 2021 0900 Hours Cairo, Time)

Arabic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FckW3LQjzM
English – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4TFDY_o_UE
French – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRCEbs5M72Y


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WTI, COMESA Initiative to Strengthen Capacities in Trade Negotiations  

Tuesday, December 7, 2021: The World Trade Institute and COMESA are conducting a training course for COMESA Member States aimed at strengthening human and policy-making capacities on Trade in Services.[…]

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Communique of the 21st COMESA Summit

THE TWENTY FIRST SUMMIT OF THE AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMON MARKET FOR EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA was hosted in Hybrid Format at Almasa International[…]

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Moses Havyarimana

Journalists feted at COMESA Summit

Eight journalists that have won the COMESA Media Awards since 2019 received recognition by Heads of State at the 21st Summit in Egypt last week, 23 November 2021. The journalists[…]

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Egypt Takes Over COMESA Leadership

Egypt is the new Chair of COMESA after taking over from Madagascar, which has been steering the organization since 2016. President Fattah El Sisi took over from President Andry Rajoelina[…]

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SPECIAL REPORTS

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ANNUAL REPORT – 2020 

COMESA COVID-19 UPDATE

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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