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Issue #206 29th May 2009 / At the 13th COMESA Summit
  Issue #126 - Friday 19 October 2007                                                              newsletter
Its all Systems Go for the
COMESA Customs Union



                                                                   Elephants Hill

Africa’s largest regional trade bloc has               13th Meeting of the Administrative and    technical committee meetings in
started meetings in the tourist resort                 Budget matters committee opened           COMESA. These technical reports
of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe                     at the Elephant Hills Hotel in the town   come from the committees on Gender,
paving the way for the launch of                       popularly referred to as the Vic Falls    Trade and Customs, Information
the process to have the first ever                     town. This committee is comprised of      Technology, and the Fiscal Affairs
Customs Union in the region.                           financial experts who meet regularly      Committee. The report from the
                                                       to discuss the various matters of         twelfth meeting of Ministers of Justice
The Common Market for Eastern and                      finances involving the COMESA             and Attorneys General will also be
Southern Africa (COMESA), which has                    Secretariat.                              presented for noting.
19 member States, has been working
on having a Customs Union to follow                    This three day meeting is the first       The IC opens at the Elephant
the successful Free Trade Area (FTA)                   leading to the Heads of State Summit      Hills Hotel today 30th May 2009
launched in the year 2000. Fourteen                    which will be held on 7th and 8th of      and the COMESA Secretariat is
countries have been participating in                   June 2009. Before the grand meeting       expected to present reports on
the FTA which has seen intra-regional                  involving Presidents, Technicians         the status of implementation of
trade levels grow from US$3 billion                    such as Directors, Ambassadors,           COMESA Programmes mainly trade
at the time of the launch to over                      High Commissioners accredited to          development, customs co-operation,
US$9billion as at December 2008.                       the countries in Eastern and Southern     transport and communication, industry
This trade is mainly concentrated                      Africa and Permanent Secretaries          and private sector, monetary affairs,
in goods produced in the FTA                           will meet at the Inter-governmental       agriculture, economic and social
participating countries which is done                  Committee (IC) meeting.                   development.
free of duty among the member States
who have signed up for the FTA.                        The IC brings together senior             The COMESA Climate Change
                                                       government officials who receive          programme will also be high on the
On Thursday 28th May 2009, the                         different reports from the various        agenda.
                                                                                                                          www.comesa.int
Buy African Build Africa ‘BABA’ to feature
   Prominently at the COMESA Summit
                                                                                        quality value added and processed
    The COMESA region has partnered                                                     products, branding, packaging and
    with the Clifton packaging Plant of                                                 labeling. It is meant to work through
    Leicester, United Kingdom to learn                                                  productive and technological capacity
    and benefit from the ‘Buy Africa Build                                              building and enterprise development.
    Africa’ initiative which is a brain child                                           It is envisioned to work through
    of a Ugandan of Asian origin, Mr.                                                   building centers of excellence which
    Khalid Shelkh.                                                                      will provide training and capacity
                                                                                        building in packaging, labeling, bar-
    Mr Sheikh is currently Chairman                                                     coding and branding. It will also offer
    of the 500 million Pounds Clifton                                                   contract packaging for agro-food
    Packaging family company. A team                                                    processors.
    from Clifton led by Mr. Sheikh are
    participating at the 13th COMESA                                                    The BABA vision working through
                                                both in Africa and abroad. This will
    Summit starting with the Policy                                                     contacts abroad such as Clifton
                                                be achieved by building productive
    Organs meetings and in particular                                                   packaging Plc, will provide marketing
                                                capacities in agro-processing through
    the Intergovernmental Committee                                                     opportunities for products produced
                                                BABA Centers of Excellence in
    meeting. The officials will also make                                               within the region and marketed as
                                                packaging and branding in Africa,
    presentations during the COMESA                                                     COMESA BABA Brands.
                                                starting with the COMESA region.
    Business Forum.                                                                     The BABA vision will compliment and
                                                COMESA believes the BABA vision
                                                offers solutions to a number of         augment COMESA programmes.
    The objective of BABA is to brand                                                   www.BABAvision.com.
                                                challenges the region faces which
    Africa and promote African products
                                                includes infrastructure, producing
                                                                                        FACT on BABA!!!

    The 13th COMESA Summit a

    milestone
                                                                                        The first BABA/COMESA Flagship of Centre of
                                                                                        Excellence in Zambia will be the turning point for
                                                                                        Africa.
                                                                                        BABA Vision and Strategy
                                                                                        Improving food production is of paramount
                                                                                        importance and reducing waste and by increasing
                                                                                        the shelf-life of fresh produce will create more
                                                                                        demand for local products. Africa needs to
    The 13th Common Market for Eastern                                                  improve marketing of agriculture produce and
    and Southern Africa (COMESA)                                                        reduce waste. Farm surpluses dumped on
    currently going on in Zimbabwe will                                                 the lesser developing countries by developing
    provide an opportunity for Zimbabwe                                                 countries are driving the farmers out of business.
    to host some 1,500 delegates from                                                   It is time for Africa to profit from a boost in
    COMESA’s 19 member states.                                                          agriculture, starting with Buy African Build Africa

    COMESA Secretary General, Sindiso                                                   • The agriculture sector is essential to overall
    Ngwenya described the event as                                                      growth, poverty reduction and food security
    landmark as it is going to take place
    amid a global financial crisis which                                                • Empower some of the poor rural farmers to earn
    called for more cooperation among                                                   a living through enterprise and a sense of pride
    African countries.
    “The summit is taking place during          Addition, Trade and Food                • Introduce goods, trade and products to the
    the worst global economic recession         Security.”                              most destitute and in some cases inaccessible
    in recent years. The impact is very         “This will be a milestone in the        areas of Africa
    clear as there are reduced exports,         deepening of regional integration,”
    meaning governments are running             said Ngwenya.                           • Bring vast knowledge of innovative agro food
    current account deficits, hence the         The summit was organised to review      processing and packaging and add value to the
    need for regional integration,” said        progress on the implementation          already valuable crops available in Africa
    Ngwenya.                                    of various regional protocols and
    The theme of the summit                     programmes meant to better the lives    • Food without frontiers! When it comes to Trade,
    is, “Consolidating Regional                 of the people.                          Forget the AID!
    Integration through Value
     www.comesa.int
African Proverb and Wisdom
History, like beauty, depends largely on the beholder, so when you read that, for example, David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls, you
might be forgiven for thinking that there was nobody around the Falls until Livingstone arrived on the scene.
Archbishop D. Tutu.
                                                                                                                                                   
COMESA Poem
SHADOWS OF MOSI-O-TUNYA
In the shadows of Mosi-o-Tunya
We stand, gripped by wonder
At the awesome sight of the
Waters of Mosi-o-Tunya we marvel
We marvel as we see them take the plunge of glory
The great plunge to the depths below


We watch wordless and bewildered
As the wild waters whirl
We stand speechless
As the cascading waters roar
They fall, they fall
To the forbidding depths below
They plunge with a roar of glory


And we remember
Our own plunge of glory
The plunge into the depths of uncertainty
A plunge of courage and determination
Defying the intimidating heights
We have survived the plunge
We have overcome the odds


And as we stand in the shadows of
Mosi-o-Tunya,
Wet with the showers of the rainbow,
We have but one hope:
That these showers of Mosi-o-Tunya’s rainbow
Shall soon become showers of blessing
Blessings which shall see no borders
Blessings which shall flow unfettered
Then shall the full glory of our
Plunge of glory be seen


In Sports
                                                        Nigeria United Fans Kill Rival
A Manchester United football fan in south-eastern Nigeria drove a minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters, killing four people, police say.
Ten other people were wounded in the incident in Ogbo town, after United lost Wednesday’s European Champions League Final 2-0 to the
Spanish team.
A police spokeswoman told Reuters news agency: “The driver passed the crowd, then made a U-turn and ran into them.”
He is now in police custody. Both teams have a large fan base in Nigeria.
“The man confessed to doing it on purpose,” police spokeswoman Rita Inoma Abbey told the BBC.
“He now says he doesn’t know why he did it, but it was an intentional act.”
Football fans across Africa closely follow the European leagues, which recruit some of the continent’s best players.
Earlier this month, a Kenyan Arsenal fan hanged himself after his team’s defeat in Champions League semi-final second leg by Manchester
United.
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  • 1. newsletter Issue #206 29th May 2009 / At the 13th COMESA Summit Issue #126 - Friday 19 October 2007 newsletter Its all Systems Go for the COMESA Customs Union Elephants Hill Africa’s largest regional trade bloc has 13th Meeting of the Administrative and technical committee meetings in started meetings in the tourist resort Budget matters committee opened COMESA. These technical reports of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe at the Elephant Hills Hotel in the town come from the committees on Gender, paving the way for the launch of popularly referred to as the Vic Falls Trade and Customs, Information the process to have the first ever town. This committee is comprised of Technology, and the Fiscal Affairs Customs Union in the region. financial experts who meet regularly Committee. The report from the to discuss the various matters of twelfth meeting of Ministers of Justice The Common Market for Eastern and finances involving the COMESA and Attorneys General will also be Southern Africa (COMESA), which has Secretariat. presented for noting. 19 member States, has been working on having a Customs Union to follow This three day meeting is the first The IC opens at the Elephant the successful Free Trade Area (FTA) leading to the Heads of State Summit Hills Hotel today 30th May 2009 launched in the year 2000. Fourteen which will be held on 7th and 8th of and the COMESA Secretariat is countries have been participating in June 2009. Before the grand meeting expected to present reports on the FTA which has seen intra-regional involving Presidents, Technicians the status of implementation of trade levels grow from US$3 billion such as Directors, Ambassadors, COMESA Programmes mainly trade at the time of the launch to over High Commissioners accredited to development, customs co-operation, US$9billion as at December 2008. the countries in Eastern and Southern transport and communication, industry This trade is mainly concentrated Africa and Permanent Secretaries and private sector, monetary affairs, in goods produced in the FTA will meet at the Inter-governmental agriculture, economic and social participating countries which is done Committee (IC) meeting. development. free of duty among the member States who have signed up for the FTA. The IC brings together senior The COMESA Climate Change government officials who receive programme will also be high on the On Thursday 28th May 2009, the different reports from the various agenda. www.comesa.int
  • 2. Buy African Build Africa ‘BABA’ to feature Prominently at the COMESA Summit quality value added and processed The COMESA region has partnered products, branding, packaging and with the Clifton packaging Plant of labeling. It is meant to work through Leicester, United Kingdom to learn productive and technological capacity and benefit from the ‘Buy Africa Build building and enterprise development. Africa’ initiative which is a brain child It is envisioned to work through of a Ugandan of Asian origin, Mr. building centers of excellence which Khalid Shelkh. will provide training and capacity building in packaging, labeling, bar- Mr Sheikh is currently Chairman coding and branding. It will also offer of the 500 million Pounds Clifton contract packaging for agro-food Packaging family company. A team processors. from Clifton led by Mr. Sheikh are participating at the 13th COMESA The BABA vision working through both in Africa and abroad. This will Summit starting with the Policy contacts abroad such as Clifton be achieved by building productive Organs meetings and in particular packaging Plc, will provide marketing capacities in agro-processing through the Intergovernmental Committee opportunities for products produced BABA Centers of Excellence in meeting. The officials will also make within the region and marketed as packaging and branding in Africa, presentations during the COMESA COMESA BABA Brands. starting with the COMESA region. Business Forum. The BABA vision will compliment and COMESA believes the BABA vision offers solutions to a number of augment COMESA programmes. The objective of BABA is to brand www.BABAvision.com. challenges the region faces which Africa and promote African products includes infrastructure, producing FACT on BABA!!! The 13th COMESA Summit a milestone The first BABA/COMESA Flagship of Centre of Excellence in Zambia will be the turning point for Africa. BABA Vision and Strategy Improving food production is of paramount importance and reducing waste and by increasing the shelf-life of fresh produce will create more demand for local products. Africa needs to The 13th Common Market for Eastern improve marketing of agriculture produce and and Southern Africa (COMESA) reduce waste. Farm surpluses dumped on currently going on in Zimbabwe will the lesser developing countries by developing provide an opportunity for Zimbabwe countries are driving the farmers out of business. to host some 1,500 delegates from It is time for Africa to profit from a boost in COMESA’s 19 member states. agriculture, starting with Buy African Build Africa COMESA Secretary General, Sindiso • The agriculture sector is essential to overall Ngwenya described the event as growth, poverty reduction and food security landmark as it is going to take place amid a global financial crisis which • Empower some of the poor rural farmers to earn called for more cooperation among a living through enterprise and a sense of pride African countries. “The summit is taking place during Addition, Trade and Food • Introduce goods, trade and products to the the worst global economic recession Security.” most destitute and in some cases inaccessible in recent years. The impact is very “This will be a milestone in the areas of Africa clear as there are reduced exports, deepening of regional integration,” meaning governments are running said Ngwenya. • Bring vast knowledge of innovative agro food current account deficits, hence the The summit was organised to review processing and packaging and add value to the need for regional integration,” said progress on the implementation already valuable crops available in Africa Ngwenya. of various regional protocols and The theme of the summit programmes meant to better the lives • Food without frontiers! When it comes to Trade, is, “Consolidating Regional of the people. Forget the AID! Integration through Value www.comesa.int
  • 3. African Proverb and Wisdom History, like beauty, depends largely on the beholder, so when you read that, for example, David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls, you might be forgiven for thinking that there was nobody around the Falls until Livingstone arrived on the scene. Archbishop D. Tutu. COMESA Poem SHADOWS OF MOSI-O-TUNYA In the shadows of Mosi-o-Tunya We stand, gripped by wonder At the awesome sight of the Waters of Mosi-o-Tunya we marvel We marvel as we see them take the plunge of glory The great plunge to the depths below We watch wordless and bewildered As the wild waters whirl We stand speechless As the cascading waters roar They fall, they fall To the forbidding depths below They plunge with a roar of glory And we remember Our own plunge of glory The plunge into the depths of uncertainty A plunge of courage and determination Defying the intimidating heights We have survived the plunge We have overcome the odds And as we stand in the shadows of Mosi-o-Tunya, Wet with the showers of the rainbow, We have but one hope: That these showers of Mosi-o-Tunya’s rainbow Shall soon become showers of blessing Blessings which shall see no borders Blessings which shall flow unfettered Then shall the full glory of our Plunge of glory be seen In Sports Nigeria United Fans Kill Rival A Manchester United football fan in south-eastern Nigeria drove a minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters, killing four people, police say. Ten other people were wounded in the incident in Ogbo town, after United lost Wednesday’s European Champions League Final 2-0 to the Spanish team. A police spokeswoman told Reuters news agency: “The driver passed the crowd, then made a U-turn and ran into them.” He is now in police custody. Both teams have a large fan base in Nigeria. “The man confessed to doing it on purpose,” police spokeswoman Rita Inoma Abbey told the BBC. “He now says he doesn’t know why he did it, but it was an intentional act.” Football fans across Africa closely follow the European leagues, which recruit some of the continent’s best players. Earlier this month, a Kenyan Arsenal fan hanged himself after his team’s defeat in Champions League semi-final second leg by Manchester United. www.comesa.int