COMESA and Sudan Engage On Regional Integration Issues

Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday 19 Jan, 2020: Secretary General Chileshe

MpunduKapwepwe is leading a high-level delegation comprising of Heads

of COMESA institutions, Directors and Senior Officers in Khartoum, Sudan

on a tour of duty to re-engage the leadership on that country’s participation

in regional integration programmes as spearheaded by the bloc.

 

The delegation has so far met Prime Minister Right Hon. Abdalla Hamdok

in his office in Khartoum where they discussed various issues on COMESA

programmes and reviewed the level of implementation.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Hamdok reiterated his government’s

commitment to COMESA and pledged to continue working with the 21-

Member trade and development bloc in order to deepen regional

integration.

He pointed out that Sudan considers COMESA as a strong and

dependable Regional Economic Community (REC) which they can depend

on to support their development programme.

“I am happy that you are here as Secretary General with your team so that

we can re-engage on the many programmes that we are implementing. We

believe COMESA is a strong organisation and it will help us achieve our

desires of developing our nation,” PM Hamdok said.

He briefed the delegation on the various interventions being implemented

in the area of trade and appealed for help to move the country from

exporting raw materials to value addition on all the products being

exported. This he added will help to create jobs for women and youths. The

PM also requested for support from COMESA in areas of infrastructure

development, finance, energy and agriculture.

 

The issues of empowering women and youths was also discussed and both

sides committed to working together in this regard. Sudan was also

requested to ratify the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area

(TFTA) ahead of the launch scheduled for Rwanda during the course of this

year.

 

MsKapwepwe, who is on her maiden visit to Sudan as SG, commended

the PM and his government for their continued dedication to deepening

regional integration. She mentioned that Sudan is a founding member of

COMESA and has been an active participant in COMESA programmes

since it joined the organisation.

 

She revealed that there are many more areas such as Information

Technology (IT), e-commerce and energy that the Secretariat could work

with Sudan as the country moves to enhance development.

Before meeting the PM, MsKapwepwe held a brief meeting with the

Minister of Industry and Trade HonourableMedani Abbas Medani and the

Under-Secretary Mr Mohamed Ali Abdella at the Ministry of Trade.

 

The SG is accompanied to Sudan by Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Bank President Mr Tadesse Admassu, COMESA Competition Commission

Chief Executive Officer Mr George Lipimile, COMESA Court of Justice

Registrar MsNyamburaMbatia, Federation for Women in Business in

Eastern and Southern Africa (FEMCOM) Chief Executive Officer Ms Ruth

Negash and ZEP-RE Country Manager Dr Hatim Abbas Mudawi.

Others are the Director of Gender at COMESA Secretariat Mrs Beatrice

Hamusonde, Acting Director of the Agriculture and Industry Mr Innocent

Makwiramiti, Legal Affairs Officer Mr Gabriel Masuku, Trade Expert Dr Seth

Gor and COMAID Coordinator Mrs Hope Situmbeko.

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