COMESA Agency scraps 12 Anti-Competition Trade Agreements

Other sectors in which the Commission reviewed were distribution agreements affecting alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and the fast-moving consumer goods. PHOTO| FILE. More than twelve trade agreements which have been operational in the Common Market for several years have been banned for being anti-competition. The action was taken by the COMESA Competition Commission...

Diaspora Remittances critical for COVID-19 recovery

In COMESA region, the leading recipients of remittances were Egypt (US$ 26,791 million), Kenya (US$ 2,819 million), Tunisia (US$ 1,912 million), DR Congo (US 1,823 million) and Zimbabwe (US$ 1,730). PHOTO| FILE Remittance flows to Sub Saharan African countries expected to drop by 23.1% from $48 billion in 2019 to $37 billion in 2020 in...

Will the new Burundi government nip corruption in the bud?

The Burundian president while addressing the parliament last week vowed to eradicate corruption and embezzlement of public funds.PHOTO|FILE. As Burundi’s new cabinet took oath last week in the presence of President Evariste Ndayishimiye, constitutional court and the parliament, Burundi’s president reiterated his plans to fight corruption in the country for the next seven...

Kenya strengthens ties with Burundi, eyes DRC market

The free trade zone near DRC will be offered to Kenya’s private sector business men including the chambers of commerce and Kenya manufactures association to showcase Kenyan products mainly consumer and industrial products. PHOTO|FILE Kenya has stepped up efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations with the Burundian government in efforts to boost trade between the...

Burundi Airlines set to hit the skies

Burundi ministry of trade, tourism, and industry launched this Thursday February 5th, 2021  Burundi Airlines a company to monitor the country’s owned fleet after being grounded for more than 10 years. The government is the main shareholder with 92 percent of the shares while SOCABU and SABENA owns 4 percent of the shares each. 

EALA to cooperate with ATT to eradicate illicit trade of weapons

The East African Community Legislative Assembly (EALA) is set to cooperate with the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to advocate for the partner states to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) aimed at preventing, and eradicating the illicit trade in Conventional arms and prevent their diversion in the East African Community.

IMF Enhances Debt Relief Trust to Enable Support for Eligible Low-Income Countries

The COVID-19 outbreak and the associated global economic turmoil creates a critical need to support the Fund’s membership. PHOTO| FILE In direct response to the COVID-19 crisis the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has adopted some immediate enhancements to its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) to enable the Fund to provide debt...

Socio-Economic Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic in COMESA Region Completed

COMESA Secretariat has conducted a study on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. The study is expected to help Member States in developing policies to address the impacts of the pandemic on their economies. According to the study, only six Member States: Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda are...

COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan Underway

The COMESA Secretariat has developed a draft COVID-19 Regional Food and Nutrition Security Response Plan to improve agricultural productivity, enhance access to competitive markets and trade in agri-food commodities in the region. Implementation of the Plan is expected to create synergies and complement existing initiatives in the region and Member States, targeting specific commodities...

COMESA Member States wants socioeconomic study on COVID-19 impact

Member state officials indicated that some of the measures are not coordinated at a regional level thus seriously limiting regional trade which involves essential commodities that are in critical demand. PHOTO| FILE COMESA Member States have asked the Secretariat to conduct a socioeconomic study on the effects of the Coronavirus to inform ongoing COVID-19...
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