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Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Marché commun de l’Afrique orientale et australe Mercado Comum da África Oriental e Austral

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).

Membership
Current members: • Burundi (21 Dec 1981) • Comoros (21 Dec 1981) • • • • •
Seat of Secretariat Official languages Type Membership Leaders Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya Lusaka, Zambia English, French and Portuguese Trade bloc 19 member states

Democratic Republic of the Congo (21 Dec 1981) Djibouti (21 Dec 1981) Egypt (6 Jan 1999) Eritrea (1994) Ethiopia (21 Dec 1981) Kenya (21 Dec 1981) Libya (3 June 2005) (at the 10th Summit of COMESA) Madagascar (21 Dec 1981) Malawi (21 Dec 1981) Mauritius (21 Dec 1981) Rwanda (21 Dec 1981) Seychelles (2001) Sudan (21 Dec 1981) Swaziland (21 Dec 1981) Uganda (21 Dec 1981)

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Establishment Signed Ratified

5 November 1993 8 December 1994

Website http://www.comesa.int/

• Zambia (21 Dec 1981) • Zimbabwe (21 Dec 1981) Former members: • • • • • Angola Lesotho (quit in 1997) Mozambique (quit in 1997) Tanzania (quit on September 2, 2000) Namibia (quit in May 2, 2004)

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, is a preferential trading area with nineteen member states stretching from Libya to Zimbabwe. COMESA 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, with Rwanda and Burundi joining the FTA in 2004 and the Comoros and Libya in 2006. COMESA is one of the pillars of the African Economic Community.

Institutions
The following organs have decision-making power according to the treaties • The COMESA Authority, composes of Heads of States or Government. • The COMESA Council of Ministers • The COMESA Court of Justice

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• The Committee of Governors of Central Banks The following organs make recommendations to the institutions above: • The Inter-governmental Committee • The Twelve Technical Committees • The Consultative Committee of the Business Community and other Interest Groups • The COMESA Secretariat. The Secretary General is appointed by the Authority for a duration of five years. Other institutions created to promote development are: • The PTA Bank (Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank) in Nairobi, Kenya • The COMESA Clearing House in Harare, Zimbabwe • The COMESA Association of Commercial Banks in Harare, Zimbabwe • The COMESA Leather Institute in Ethiopia • The COMESA Re-Insurance Company (ZEP-RE)in Nairobi, Kenya

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
GAFTA
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5,876,960

166,259,603 635,450

3,822

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a Majority under military occupation by Morocco; some Economic bloc inside a pillar REC Proposed for pillar REC, but objecting participation Non-African members of GAFTA are excluded from figures

signatory to the AEC, but not participating in any bloc yet
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territory administered by the SADR
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smallest value among the blocs compared largest among the blocs compared During 2004. Source: CIA World F
2005, IMF WEO Database

See also
African Union
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Politics and government of the African Union

Comparison with other regional blocs
African Economic Pillars regional blocs (REC) AEC ECCAS SADC EAC IGAD Western Sahara 1 Other African blocs CEMAC SACU
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Area (km²)

Population

29,910,442 853,520,010 251,646,263 121,245,958 233,944,179 124,858,568 187,969,775 273,008 Population 6,667,421 9,882,959 1,817,945 5,233,604 266,000 Area (km²)

ECOWAS 5,112,903

COMESA 12,873,957 406,102,471

3,020,142 2,693,418 3,505,375 5,782,140

34,970,529 51,055,878 80,865,222 84,185,073

UEMOA UMA
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Institutions • Casablanca Group • Union of African States • Organisation of African Unity • African Economic Community • African Unification Front Executive • Assembly • Chairperson • Commission Community • Chairperson GDP (PPP) ($US) Member • Conference and Events states in millions per Peace & Sec. • capita Pol. Affairs • • Infra. & Energy 2,053,706 2,406 53 • Soc. Affairs • HR, Sci., & Tech. 342,519 1,361 15 • Trade 175,928 1,451 11 and Industry • Rural Econ. & Agri. 737,335 3,152 15 • Economic 104,239 1,065 5 Counsel • Legal 735,599 • Executive Council 1,811 20 • Rep. 225,049 1,197 7 Committee Legislature 2 ? N/A •? Pan-African Parliament • President GDP (PPP) ($US) Member • Bureau states • in millions per Secretariat • capita List of members • Permanent Committees 85,136 2,435 6 • Rural Econ., Agri., Resources, Eviron. 541,433 10,605 5 • Monetary & Financial • Trade, 101,640 1,257 8 Customs, & Immigration • Cooperation, IR, & Conflict • Transport, Industry, Communications, 491,276 5,836 5 Energy, Science, & Tech.

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• Health, Labour, & Social • Educ., Culture, Tourism, & HR • Gender, Family, Youth, Disabilities • Justice & Rights • Rules, Privileges, & Discipline Judiciary • Sirte Declaration • Constitutive Act of the AU • Law • Charter on Rights • Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights • Court of Justice • Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights • List of judges Advisory bodies • Peace and Security Council • Economic, Social, and Cultural Council • Specialised Technical Committees • Rural Econ., Agri. • Monetary & Financial • Trade, Customs, and Immigration • Industry, Sci. & Tech., Energy... • Transport, Comm., Tourism • Health, Labor, Social • Edu., Culture, & Human Resources Financial bodies • AEC Pillars (Abuja Treaty) • CEN-SAD • COMESA • EAC • ECCAS/CEEAC • CEMAC • ECOWAS • UEMOA • WAMZ

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
• IGAD • SADC • SACU • AMU/UMA • African Central Bank • African Monetary Fund • African Investment Bank • New Partnership for Africa’s Development • African Peer Review Mechanism Decentralised bodies • Agencies of the AU Related topics • Elections • Enlargement • Foreign relations
Other countries

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• Trade bloc • East African Community (EAC) • Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) • Southern African Development Community (SADC) • Southern African Customs Union (SACU) • Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) • Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) • Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA)

External links
• COMESA web site • Information on COMESA history • Agreement establishing COMESA

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