VICE-PRESIDENT Mutale Nalumango has called for more efforts to be done in removing obstacles to trade so as to promote regional intergration within Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states.
Vice-President Nalumango acknowledge that COMESA had made progress in promoting economic cooperation and trade within the region.
However the vice president said more needed to be done so as; “to remove obstacles to trade, enhance investments to boost competition and encourage sustainable development growth.”
Last evening heads of states were treated to a State Banquet at Inter Continental Hotel in Lusaka so that they could be relaxed and cast aside the weight of work before the COMESA Heads of State/Government Summit slated for today.
This is the first time Heads of States/Government in the COMESA region will be meeting physically since the advent of COVID 19.
The event brought about music from the like of Zambia music icon Maureen Lilanda and Trinah Lusaka to spice up the mood with a band as delegates were offered a test of the Zambian hospitality through mouth watering delicacies and sweet melodies .
And during the event Vice president Nalumango raised a toast with different delegates from across Africa for a prosperous continent and a more economically integrated region.
She said there is more to benefit from a more intergrated, efficient and robust COMESA.
“Our vision as COMESA is to be a fully intergrated, internationally competitive regional community with high standards of living for all its people,” said Vice-President Nalumango.
And COMESA secretary general Chileshe Kapwepwe called for the implementation of legal measures adopted to support free movement of persons and goods.
Kapwepwe stated that despite COMESA making progress in regional movement of goods and people, the progress was not much.
She said COMESA forms a major market for the both internal and external trading with the private sector playing an important role as it provide economic prosperity through regional intergration for over 500 million population of it’s members states and a global trade in goods of US$235 billion.
“COMESA offers it’s members wide and harmonized more competitive markets greater industrial productivity and competitiveness, increased agriculture productivity and food security….” said Kapwepwe.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba June 8, 2023