COMESA & the EU
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:
- the political dimension.
- economic and trade cooperation with a particular emphasis on the Economic Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Eastern and Southern African States.
- technical and financial cooperation.
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.
COMESA adopted two strategic plans to achieve its common vision as presented in the Treaty: