president mugabe from swaziland 01.09.10.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has arrived home from Swaziland where he attended the 14th Comesa Summit of Heads of State and Government.

President Mugabe was met at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru, the Minister of State Security, Cde Sydney Sekeramayi and service chiefs.   

 

In his keynote address at the summit, President Mugabe called for the introduction of a common market levy to provide funding for Comesa programmes.

 

 

 

President Mugabe praised progress that has been made in the Comesa Treaty under various trade, economic development, infrastructure and political issues.  He also applauded efforts towards regional integration.

 

“This integration of countries regionally is beneficial to us. If we get to together and pull our resources together it will enable us to develop even our national systems,” said President Mugabe.

He said Comesa has moved from being a Preferential Trade Area to a fully developed Free Trade Area, where group members trade merchandise duty free and without trade barriers saying this has led to a 500% increase in intra-Comesa trade.

President Mugabe also hailed progress made in peace keeping and security as well as post conflict reconstruction efforts made within Africa.

Members of the media fraternity were recognised for their efforts in reporting stories about Comesa, amongst them ZBC’s Stanley James.