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Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

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The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Libya to Swaziland. COMESA was formed in December 1994, replacing a Preferential Trade Area which had existed since 1981. Nine of the member states formed a free trade area in 2000 (Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe), with Rwanda and Burundi joining the FTA in 2004, the Comoros and Libya in 2006, and Seychelles in 2009.

COMESA is one of the pillars of the African Economic Community.

In 2008, COMESA agreed to an expanded free-trade zone including members of two other African trade blocs, the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). COMESA is also considering a common visa scheme to boost tourism.

Link: COMESA

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COMESA map

 

 

Members, Observers and other participations

Full members Observers Special members
Burundi    
Comoros    
Congo - Kinshasa    
Djibouti    
Egypt    
Eritrea    
Ethiopia    
Kenya    
Libya    
Madagascar    
Malawi    
Mauritius    
Rwanda    
Seychelles    
Sudan    
Swaziland    
Uganda    
Zambia    
Zimbabwe    

 

 

 


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