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Intra-trade among COMESA countries still weak

Published on July 13, 2015

The intra-trade among partner states of the Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is still weak compared to the business potential the region has, an official has said.

Thierry Mutombo Kalonji, the director of investment promotion and private sector development at COMESA was speaking during a two-day sanitary and phytosanitary strategy workshop in Kigali recently.

He said there is a huge business potential among COMESA member states in terms of intra-trade which has not yet been fully exploited by the partner states.

“The intra-trade in the COMESA region is still weak compared to what we have in terms of potential for example the trade component of the agriculture commodities represents only 30% of the entire volume of exports within the COMESA region and yet agriculture offers a lot of potential. We can indeed do better than we are doing,” Mutombo said. Read more. Source | The Rwanda Focus