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...

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...

COMESA hands over the Chair of Tripartite Task Force

The Tripartite brings together three RECs, including the East African Community into a cooperative framework on the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA) that was launched in 2015. PHOTO| BurundiTimes The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) has handed over the stewardship of the tripartite group of Regional Economic Communities (RECs)...

World Bank, IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The World Bank Group and the IMF suggested a range of financing options and policy tools as part of the pandemic response, many of which African countries are looking to implement as they plan for the medium and long-term impacts of the crisis. PHOTO| FILE. The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund today convened African...

Youth Investment Bank opens in Gitega

Burudi's president Pierre Nkurunziza together with Evelyn Butoyi the minister for youth during the official launching of the bank in Gitega on April 15th. 2020. PHOTO| Burundi government. Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday April 15th 2020 officially launched a Youth Investement Bank (BIJE) with the aim of fighting Youth unemployment in the country through providing loans...

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...

Is Burundi government’s move to suspend forex bureaus the right call?

Burundi’s small scale traders were left in dilemma after the Central Bank’s move to stifle the forex bureaus country wide that exchange foreign currency on a much higher rate. PHOTO| FILE As Burundian government stepped up to suspend the operationalization of the forex bureaus in the country, some economic analysts backed the government’s decision arguing that the...

Mixed reactions over ‘curfew’ on bars in Bujumbura

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza backed the decision urging Burundians “to take drinks at home and share with their family members”. PHOTO| FILE. Curfew on bars in Bujumbura have raised mixed reactions in citizens and bar owners on the impact the measure is causing to the Burundian society and the economy. In November...

German injects $128 million in East Africa’s education and Health programmes

The East African Community Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko and the German’s Charge d’Affaires Jorg Herrera after signing the agreement on December 4th 2019. PHOTO| Burundi Times The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko on Thursday signed an agreement worth $ 128 million with German’s Charge d’Affaires Jorg Herrera in Arusha, the fund...

Regional Blocs launch platform to connect women in business

The digital platform is designed to address the information that is needed by women in business and connect them via a custom-built social networking tool that was launched in Kigali, Rwanda on November 21st 2019. PHOTO|FILE. COMESA, East African Community and ECOWAS launched a networking platform to connect 50 million African women in...
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