Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) was established in 1994 to replace the former Preferential Trade Area (PTA) which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. The logic in its creation was to create an organisation consisting of several independent sovereign states which would co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives which necessarily include in its priorities the promotion of peace and security in the region.   



A pre-study confirmed the baseline requirements for the implementation of the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP). The findings of the baseline survey performed in 2016 confirmed the extent of compliance with the baseline requirements by 19 of the 21 Tripartite member countries connected by road traffic on the mainland of Africa. During the Baseline Survey the average compliance scores were calculated for each country based on the following criteria:

  • Vehicles
  • Vehicle Fitness
  • Drivers and Professional Drivers
  • Driving Codes
  • Operators
  • Weighbridges
  • Law Enforcement

COMESA was scored by combining the scores of all of it’s member states. The average in 2016 was 27%, with each category score as shown. For more information on the scoring, and each country’s individual score, visit the individual country pages for COMESA.


COMESA’s objectives include management of a Free Trade Area (FTA), with the goal of eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers to intra-regional trade, the management of a Customs Union to facilitate trade between member countries and Trade Promotion which involves amongst others introduction of a unified computerised Customs network across the region and the harmonisation of macro-economic and monetary policies throughout the region.


COMESA’s values start with its diversity as the staff is drawn from 21 member states. Other core values include:

  • Customer satisfaction;
  • Professionalism, integrity and innovation;
  • Quality leadership, teamwork and respect for each other in an enabling environment; and
  • Caring for the environment and upholding social responsibility.


COMESA’s current strategy can be summed up in the phrase ‘economic prosperity through regional integration’. With its 21 member states, population of over 540 million and global trade in goods worth US$ 235 billion, COMESA’s aim is to become a major market place for both internal and external trading.


COMESA offers its member countries a wide range of benefits which include:

  • A wider, harmonised and more competitive market;
  • Greater industrial productivity and competitiveness;
  • Increased agricultural production and food security;
  • A more rational exploitation of natural resources;
  • More harmonised monetary, banking and financial policies; and
  • More reliable transport and communications infrastructure.


To achieve its goals, COMESA provides services and undertakes various programmes within its member states in line with the objectives of the organization.


Read more about the  COMESA on their website


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