comesa heads of state in swaziland.jpgThe Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is set to host the 4th Investment Forum in Dubai from the 23rd to the 24th of March, which will bring together policy makers, business leaders and senior managers from Africa’s most successful companies to unveil new projects and highlight the business potential and opportunities within the region.

The 19-member economic bloc is using the 2-day high level forum to showcase the region’s success stories and the business models that have been adopted to maximise the full potential of investments in the region.

Participants will discuss ways to contribute to Africa’s long term economic growth through close collaborations between local and foreign investors and the public sector.

The regional economic bloc is aiming at driving Foreign Direct Investment into the region, which has a population of over 430 million and a combined Gross Domestic Pruduct (GDP) of over US$447 billion.

Following the launch of the Custom Union in 2009, COMESA continues on the road of regional integration through the creation of better investment conditions.

Zimbabwe, which is a member of the bloc, is expected to participate at the investment forum by showcasing the country’s unique and fast improving market.

The forum is spearheaded by COMESA Regional Investment Authority (RIA) in partnership with Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, under the patronage.

COMESA’s member states are Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.