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  • COMESA Youth Leaders Bootcamp: Enhancing Capacity of Youth to Participate in Policy, Democratic Governance and Socio-Economic Development

    The BootCamp will be a multidisciplinary engagement, encompassing socio-economic and political participation, representation, and youth voices in governance processes. Gender based inclusion will be a key issue of focus, looking at mitigating hindering factors for gender and participation in socio-economic and political, policy and development processes within the COMESA framework and on basis of country

    December 11, 2019
  • ZEP-RE Opens US$36m Business Park in Lusaka

    Lusaka, Thursday, 5 December 2019: The PTA Reinsurance Company (ZEP-RE) has launched a US$36 million Business Park in Zambia’s capital Lusaka. This is the largest single investment in real estate for the COMESA institution in the Eastern and Southern African region. The nine floor star-shaped-environmentally-friendly building was officially launched by Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu who

    December 5, 2019
  • 40th COMESA Council of Ministers Meeting Held in Lusaka

    Lusaka, Friday, 29 November 2019: The 40th COMESA Council of Ministers meeting took place in Lusaka on Friday 29th November marking the culmination of one week of activities to commemorate the organization’s Silver Jubilee. Ministers responsible for Trade, Commerce and Industry and Permanent/Principal Secretaries led the delegations to the annual meeting, whose primary objective was

    November 30, 2019
  • COMESA – EU Sign €8.8m to Support Private Sector Competitiveness

    Lusaka, Friday, November 29, 2019: The European Union and COMESA have today signed an 8.8m Euros Contribution Agreement to increase private sector participation in sustainable regional and global value chains through improved investment/business climate and enhanced competitiveness in the COMESA region. This was one of the activities conducted during the opening of the 40th Meeting

    November 29, 2019

thematic areas


By 2018, 98% of NTBs reported since 2008 had been resolved. These covered: liberalisation of import licensing, removal of foreign exchange restrictions,  import and export quotas, easing of customs formalities, creation of one-stop border posts etc

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COMESA established a Free Trade Area in 2000, setting the stage for the reduction of tariffs amongst Member States. Hence, intra-COMESA trade has grown at an average of 7% with higher inceases reflected between intra-Free trade Area States.

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COMESA CVTFS is an online system that integrates other COMESA trade facilitation instruments in one platform. It also helps to monitor consignments along different transport corridors across the region.

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