- 15 September, 2017:
The Secretary-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, called on the Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, this afternoon at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.
In a statement to the press, Mr Ngwenya qualified his meeting with the Prime Minister as excellent, adding that a number of issues were discussed including the Cotonou Agreement. According to him, the Cotonou Agreement which will expire in 2020 is a key challenge because it concerns 27 countries of the region.
The Prime Minister and the COMESA Secretary-General also discussed on the ways in which Member States can better benefit from agreements signed with the European Union, the World Bank and other international donors.
Mr Ngwenya stated that measures to increase awareness and engage on the constraints in doing business within the COMESA region, were also raised with the Prime Minister. Regional integration, he said, is about giving bigger markets to investors and there should be no barriers among COMESA countries.
“We need to have countries which can champion some sectors. And Mauritius, for example, could champion the financial sector”, the COMESA Secretary-General underlined.
He recalled that COMESA endeavours to achieve sustainable economic and social progress in all Member States through increased co-operation and integration in all fields of development particularly in trade, customs and monetary affairs, transport, communication and information, technology, industry and energy, gender, agriculture, environment and natural resources.
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