Ms. Martha Elimu, a Ugandan national was appointed Director Human Resources and Administration of COMESA during the just concluded 20th COMESA Summit held in Lusaka, Zambia.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is Uganda’s number one export destination which exports valued at $1.2bn.
The twentieth Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa [Comesa] was held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, in the Republic of Zambia on 18-19 July 2018, under the theme: Towards Digital Economic Integration.
OPENING OF THE SUMMIT
His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia, and the host, delivered a statement welcoming all Heads of State and Government, plenipotentiaries and all delegations to the Twentieth Summit of COMESA and to Zambia.
He reiterated the need to adopt digital technologies to harness efficiencies and lower the cost of doing business.
He also urged COMESA Member States to add value to raw materials and be ready to fully welcome the African Continental Free Trade Area.
He pledged to provide full support to the regional integration agenda of COMESA by providing clear leadership to the process; His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi, underscored the existential importance of COMESA as an organization and assured the Summit of Malawi’s unwavering commitment to implementing the COMESA integration programs.
Pointing out the challenges the Republic of Malawi has experienced over the past few years, he assured the Summit that measures have been put in place to put the country on a solid recovery path; The Rt. Hon. Dr Edouard Ngirente, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, in his statement, welcomed the theme of the Summit, Towards Digital Economic Integration, and highlighted a number of digitization programs that the Government of Rwanda has put in place, including on eGovernment.
He underscored the unwavering commitment of the Republic of Rwanda to COMESA and its integration programs.
H.E Mr Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, President of the Republic of Madagascar and Outgoing Chairperson of the COMESA Authority gave a statement outlining the progress made during his tenure.
He thanked the Republic of Zambia for the hospitality to all the Heads of State and Government and all delegations since their arrival in Lusaka.
He expressed appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Zambia for hosting the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka and further providing a 10 hectare plot next to the airport on which plot the new COMESA Headquarters would be constructed.
In his address, he applauded the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the State of Eritrea for having the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship.
He further appreciated the implementation of the South Sudan cease fire as a result of facilitative work done by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
The out-going Chairperson emphasized the need to modernize and upgrade COMESA industries in order to employ more people and increase intra-COMESA trade.
He also applauded the introduction of the COMESA Mobile Application for small scale cross-border traders which will reduce the cost of doing trade and the COMESA Electronic Certificate of Origin which is in the process of being implemented.