Map of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Member States

Eastern and Southern Africa’s COMESA is a Major Market Place for Internal and External Trading

By Abdi Ali Published March 30, 2024 The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional economic community in Africa with twenty-one member states stretching from Tunisia in the north to Eswatini in the south. COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing a Preferential Trade Area which…

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he two-year multi-country trade portal enhancement project, funded by the Multilateral Cooperation Center for Development Finance, was launched during the EAC Donor Round Table held in Arusha, Tanzania on October 6, 2023.

East Africa Enhances Trade with African Development Bank’s Support

By African Development Bank Published October 27, 2023 East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched a capacity development project to enhance trade in East Africa. The US$1.56M EAC Trade Portal Enhancement Project will support digitized trade solutions…

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Harmonisation of the EAC industrial policy agenda, SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap of 2015 and the COMESA Industrialization policy is crucial to Africa's Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).

East African Community to Make Regional Trade Faster and Simpler

By Khalifa Hemed Published January 5, 2019 Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi have agreed to make trade among them as East African Community (EAC) and other African countries faster and simpler. “This is an opportunity for the East African Community (EAC) countries to sell their products within the region,…

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Rwanda and several of its neighbors had introduced tariffs on used clothing in an attempt to bolster the local apparel industry.

Rwanda Punished for Rejecting Used Foreign Clothing

By Harris Africa Partners Published June 8, 2018 United States of America is punishing Rwanda for rejecting its hand-me-down clothing popularly known as mitumba. The Donald J Trump Administration has suspended duty-free access to US markets for Rwandan clothing. RELATED:Illicit Financial Flows and Inadequate Energy Hinder Africa’s Industrialisation Rwanda and…

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Said Adejumobi, Regional Director, Southern Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Market Liberalisation Without Production is Meaningless

By Khalifa Hemed Published October 29, 2017 Opening up of markets in Africa without enhanced production is a recipe for disaster. Said Adejumobi, the Southern Africa regional director of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says without production, trade and market liberalisation in Africa is meaningless. Adejumobi spoke in…

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Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) could see a larger market comprising 26 countries with a combined population of nearly 625 million people and an estimated total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of approximately US$1.0 Trillion established.

Eastern and Southern Africa Root for Economic Integration

By Irene Gaitirira Published September 15, 2017 Southern and eastern Africa are exploring ways in which to bring the two regions together for economic integration. The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the East African Community (EAC) have held a meeting to negotiate a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) that…

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