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Africa’s largest trading bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, is set to get even bigger in June with the admission of Somalia and Tunisia, increasing its membership to 21 countries.

The addition of two countries comes just after the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali in March. The AfCFTA aims to break down trade barriers across the continent.

Officials told The EastAfrican that Somalia and Tunisia will join “after having fulfilled the terms and conditions of accession” to the Comesa Treaty.
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Somalia-Tunisia-to-get-admission-into-Comesa/2560-4491880-fq9sg8z/index.html
 

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Africa’s largest trade bloc on Wednesday added Somalia and Tunisia as members. The announcement came at the official opening the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit in Lusaka, Zambia. The signing ceremony was witnessed by heads of state from member countries of COMESA.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui ratified the accession treaty of Tunisia to the trade bloc which serves over 625 million people from 20 African countries. The two countries will now benefit from the triangular free trade zone which includes the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC).

Members states at the summit also chose a new secretary general for COMESA. Chileshe Kapwepwe from Zambia became the first woman to head the trade bloc. She was preceded by Sindiso Ngwenya, a Zimbabwean economist.
 

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Has this COMESA actually done anything? I'm really not confident that this would make a difference for Somalia at all if they aren't effective to open economies in more stable nations. It's like moving into a house while still under construction.

I'm for free trade but let's take a breather first.
 
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