Museveni Hosts COMESA Heads And Delegates To State Dinner

buy more about geneva; font-size: small;”>The 16th COMESA Summit that opened at Speke Resort Munyonyo earlier in the day saw the President assume the Chairmanship of the economic bloc that has a combined population of almost half a billion.

The dinner was attended by President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, President Joyce Banda of Malawi and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Mr. Hailemariam Deselgan, among others.

Speaking at the opening ceremony during which he also received instruments of the Chair of the organization, President Museveni expressed strong optimism that COMESA would now become a very robust trading area following the growing number of member countries of the trade body in the region.

He noted that the greatest disadvantage Africa faced at the dawn of the independence era from 1957 when Ghana won freedom from British colonial rule was the political balkanization of the continent.

COMESA was born out of the initial trade body known as the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) in 1994 with a sole aim of achieving sustainable economic and social progress in all member countries that currently include Burundi, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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