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Leaders of the Great Lakes region and COMESA member states after attending the 5th Extra ordinary summit at Munyonyo. PHOTO/Eddie SsejjobaIn closing the Summit, His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda commended the progress made in the implementation of COMESA programmes and the Tripartite Arrangement. He also emphasized the need for expeditious implementation by Member States of all the Decisions of the Summit.

He underscored the importance of achieving greater strides in peace and security. He further emphasized the importance of programmes for supporting the
business community especially MSMEs in areas such as access to finance and strengthening of regional capital markets. He said that the opportunity for the business community to network and establish 18 linkages and partnerships will enable the region to move to greater heights.

The Authority ADOPTED its Final Communiqué (and in Arabic مؤتمر قمة الكوميسا السادسة عشرة لرؤساء الدول والحكومات البيان الختامي)as read by the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Honourable Amelia Kyambadde, M.P., Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives of the Republic of Uganda.

COMESA gets new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)

Dr. Kipyego ChelugetCOMESA now has a new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes). Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget has been sworn in. Dr. Cheluget before his appointment was Kenya's Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi.


By Raymond Baguma and Samuel Sanya

President of Malawi Joyce Banda hands over to President Yoweri Museveni.PHOTO: Oryema KennedyPresident Yoweri Museveni today  Friday 23rd November 2012 assumed chairmanship of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regional economic bloc.

Museveni takes over from the outgoing President Joyce Banda of Malawi who handed over the chairpersonship during the 16th summit of the COMESA heads of state and government.

The summit taking place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo will close on Saturday 24th November 2012, and is taking place under the theme, “enhancing intra-COMESA trade through micro, small and medium enterprise development.”


Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, the Comesa secretaryMunyonyo, Kampala

The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) has adopted a new information communication technology system, which seeks to reduce delays and bureaucracy in the trade chain.


Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde greets Vice President Edward Sekandi at Resort Beach Munyonyo during the Comesa meeting yesterday as other officials look on. PHOTO BY DOROTHY NAKAWEESI.  “The last five years, the Comesa has, on average, provided market for 57 per cent of the value of Uganda’s exports annually, earning the country an average of $1.3 billion (Shs3.3 trillion) in export revenues per annum” Trade minister and Comesa Business Council chairperson Amelia Kyambadde said.

Minister faults Comesa delegates

Kampala, Uganda

Trade Minister, Hon. Amelia KyambaddeThe Trade Minister, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, yesterday took a swipe at the Comesa delegates, saying all they care about is the “facilitation” they will pocket and not “walking the talk”.

Ssekandi opens COMESA business forum

VP Ssekandi talks to trade minister Kyambadde. Photo by Kennedy OryemaBy Patrick Jaramogi and Samuel Sanya

Vice President Edward Ssekandi has challenged COMESA member states to address challenges that affect the growth Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES).

PM opens COMESA Kampala summit

By Vision Reporter

Premier Mbabazi poses for a group picture with COMESA SG Sindiso Ngwenya (third right)Senator Jabulile Mashwama (second right), Burundis Minister of Trade John Bande and minister Kyambadde and other delegates. Photo by Kennedy Oryema newvisionPrime Minister Amama Mbabazi on Monday opened COMESA Kampala summit taking place at Speke Resort Munyonyo an upscale Kampala suburb.  

Six presidents have confirmed participation in COMESA heads of state summit to be held on November 23, 2012.


Dear Private Sector Partners,
The 8th COMESA Business Forum is on!!! One day to go - we hope all of you have been accredited!

Uganda Joins the COMESA Free Trade Area.

Uganda has joined the COMESA Free Trade Area . This is in accordance with the  National Trade Policy, the National Development Plan and 2011 NRM Election Manifesto, which prioritized regional integration and enhancing market access for Ugandan goods and services.

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Traders advised to shift focus on regional trade


Uganda is now prepared to increase trade with the continent’s regional blocs after it became apparent that it can reap just as much or even more from regional intra-trade than with its traditional trade partners in the EU and the Asian markets.

The Trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde said she is committed to ensuring that Uganda fully takes advantage of regional intra-trade through provision of inducement.

Comesa political federation is unrealistic, says Museveni

President Museveni has discouraged a political integration at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) level, saying it is “unrealistic”.

According to the President, it does not make sense for the 19 Comesa members to federate politically.
“At the EAC (East African Community) we are doing the economic integration and then move to a political federation. But for Comesa, it should be economic integration because political federation is unrealistic,” he said.

Museveni asks Comesa to focus on intra-trade

President Museveni has advised the Comesa member states to shift to intra-regional and local trade. Speaking at the closure of the Comesa meeting in Kampala on Friday, President Museveni said: “The problem is not the market, but the entrepreneurs to take up the opportunities available.”

According to President Musveni, Uganda’s growth was halted by conflicts that peaked during the 1970s with the expulsion of Indians who were the drivers of the economy.

COMESA pushes for joint infrastructure projects

By Raymond Baguma & Samuel Sanya

Member states of the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) have resolved to fast-track the implementation of joint infrastructure projects in railways, energy, roads and ICT to boost regional development.

COMESA gets new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes)

COMESA now has a new Assistant Secretary General (Programmes). Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget has been sworn in. Dr. Cheluget before his appointment was Kenya's Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi.

COMESA summit opens in Kampala

By Raymond Baguma

The African heads of state meeting in Kampala is today expected to adopt a report on regional trade, arising out of a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The Summit Opens

Presidents Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Joyce Banda(Malawi) are in the Summit at Munyonyo.

Uganda will be the chair,DR Congo - vice chair and Malawi - Rapporteur.

Optimism as Uganda joins Comesa’s free trade zone


The eighth Comesa Business Forum closed yesterday November 21st 2012, leaving behind both the good and bad news. The good news is that Uganda is now a member of the Comesa Free Trade Area (FTA) and the bad news is that — depending on how Uganda plays the ball - it could end up as a dumping ground for regional products.

Peace and security paramount to achieve Comesa objectives: Amama Mbabazi

Peace and security amongst Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states and with our neighbours is paramount to achieving all other objectives.

This was Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s message at the opening of the 31st COMESA Council of Ministers meeting going on in Kampala.

Comesa Business gurus meet Tuesday to discuss role of SMEs

Comesa businessmen are converging today Tuesday 20th November 2012 in Kampala to discuss how to promote small and medium enterprises development in the region. The 8th business forum under the theme: ‘Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development; Seizing opportunities for Innovation and Prosperity in Business’ will take place at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo.

COMESA deal to boost exports

By David Mugabe

The private sector has lauded the Government for ratifying the COMESA free trade area, saying it will open huge markets for the country.

The Private Sector Foundation boss Gideon Badagawa described the decision as a good development for trade and investments.

“Now that the Government has pronounced itself, we will go full scale to sensitise our members,” said Badagawa over the weekend. Cabinet last week approved a recommendation by the minister of trade for Uganda to join the COMESA free trade area (FTA).

Six presidents for Kampala COMESA mee

By David Mugabe

Six presidents have confirmed participation in next week's COMESA heads of state summit to be held on November 23, 2012 in Kampala.

Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee

Thirty First Intergovernmental Committee will be starting today 15th November 2012 at 9:00 AM (GMT+3)

Uganda to sign Comesa free trade area treaty

Uganda will ratify the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) free trade area, according to Mr Mr Gerald Sendaula, the chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

Uganda assumes COMESA leadership

By David Mugabe

Later this week, Uganda will assume the chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a development that trade experts believe will bring huge benefits to the country.

COMESA 2012 Summit Kicks Off!

The COMESA 2012 Summit has kicked off with the 14th COMESA Meeting of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee  at Munyonyo Resort today 13th November 2012. The meeting is to be attended by delegates from Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Media Breakfast on 8th November - Imperial Royale

There will be a media briefing Breakfast on the progress and preparations of the COMESA 2012 Summit at Imperial Royale Hotel on 8th November 2012. Be there.

16th Summit launched in Uganda

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives in the Government of Uganda, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 held a press briefing in order to launch the country’s hosting of this year’s Summit to the media. At the briefing hon. Kyambadde said that Uganda is a founder member of the PTA in 1982, and that the Treaty transforming the PTA to COMESA was signed in Kampala on 05 November 1993.

“Uganda agreed to host the Summit this year, and it shall take place at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo on 23-24 November 2012 alongside various Policy Organs’ meetings that commence on 13 November 2012.”

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