COMESA & the EU

EU Head of Delegation Gilles Hervio with COMESA Secretary General Sindiso NgwenyaEU Head of Delegation Gilles Hervio with COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya

The Delegation of the European Union in Zambia is also responsible for managing official relations between the European Union (EU) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa - COMESA.

The relations between the EU and COMESA are conducted within the framework of the Cotonou Agreement, the global agreement between the countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group and the EU.

COMESA has 19 Member States namely Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. COMESA has a population of over 389 million people and a GDP (PPP) value of USD 638 billion (2013).

The EU supports the implementation of the current COMESA medium-term strategy (2011-2015) through our jointly agreed Regional Indicative Programmes.