The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states have been urged to invest more in research and innovative projects to fast-track economic development in the region. This, according to trade experts, would help produce evidence based data that help policy makers to move fast on market integration and business.
Speaking during the third COMESA Annual Research Forum in Kigali, Dr Kipyego Cheluget, the COMESA assistant secretary general, said the economic challenges facing Africa and COMESA bloc, in particular, can be best addressed through evidence based policies.
The five-day forum is running under the theme, “Boosting intra-African trade through regional economic communities: Perspectives from COMESA regional integration programme”, and seeks to strengthen the participation of governments and other key stakeholders in the regional integration agenda by sharing and discussing research findings. Read more. Source | New Times