Swaziland is set to host the 28th Policy Organs meetings and 14th Heads of State and Government COMESA Summit from the 18th of August to the 1st of September 2010, amid calls to speed up the implementation of the trading blocâ€™s Customs Union action plan which is envisaged to increase trade within the region.
The Policy Organs meetings and the COMESA Summit come at a time member states in the regional trading bloc are in the process of implementing the agreed action plan towards a full Customs Union by June 2012.
Acting Director in charge of Regional Integration in the Ministry of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Mrs. Angelica Katuruza said several programmes were developed during Zimbabweâ€™s chairmanship of the customs union including the adoption of the trade in services.
â€œWe had several meetings were studies were undertaken to improve the operations of the trading block.
â€œWe were also able to develop the trading in services,â€™ said Mrs. Katuruza.
Member states are currently in the process of submitting sensitive product lists, ensuring alignment of the tariffs and the adoption of customs management regulations as prescribed in the Customs Union roadmap.
The COMESA Summit will discuss among other issues, developments in the regional integration agenda as well as ways to enhance the utilisation of science and technology.
The last COMESA Head of States and Government summit which took place on the 7th of June 2009 in Victoria Falls saw the launch of theÂ COMESA Customs Union which is envisaged to increase market share for producers within member states as well as enhancing intra-regional trade by removing tariffs or quotas on goods originating from within the trading block.