Services in COMESA

An Industry Perspective: Integrating the Voice of Business in Policy

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This joint ITC–CBC paper provides a regional overview of services sectors and services trade for COMESA, drawing attention to opportunities for growth and regional integration – analyses data for four key services subsectors (travel, transport, communication and financial and insurance services), and provides Services Snapshots for each COMESA member. The paper maps business and professional services associations in COMESA services industries and identifies the major challenges faced by services stakeholders; examines the option of developing a COMESA Regional Services Industries Group (RSIG) as a positive step towards a coordinated platform for overcoming the growth challenges to provide a better business environment for services industries in the COMESA region.




This joint ITC-CBC report was undertaken as part of CBC’s activities to promote services growth and services trade in the COMESA region under the Trade in Services Framework. The information used was obtained from various sources, including relevant regional reports, COMESA member states’ policy and regulatory documents and instruments, as well as relevant international reports and legal instruments. In addition, interviews were carried out with key stakeholders from various private sector associations and companies within the COMESA region. These stakeholders are thanked for their time and valuable insights which enabled a more meaningful analysis.


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