Africa: Free Trade Area for East, Southern Africa Making Progress

source: allAfrica
Southern African News Features (Harare)
14 September 2010

Significant progress has been made by COMESA, EAC and SADC to establish an enlarged Free Trade Area encompassing 26 countries in east and southern Africa by 2012.

A report presented to recent summits of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said the three regional economic communities are committed towards deepening integration through the harmonization of their trading arrangements.

Chairperson of the Tripartite Taskforce, which is spearheading the implementation process, Ambassador Juma Mwapachu, said a draft plan of action on the FTA has been approved by the three secretariats for adoption at the forthcoming Tripartite Summit of the Heads of State and Government expected in early 2011.

However, COMESA and SADC have already endorsed the roadmap as [continue reading]

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