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.

The Cotonou Agreement  is designed to establish a comprehensive partnership, based on three complementary pillars:

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 approximately 470 million people and a GDP (PPP) value of Euro 836 billion.  

The EU supports the implementation of the COMESA medium-term strategy through our jointly agreed Regional Indicative Programme.