The Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA) was established in 1982. The original treaty called for a gradual reduction and eventual elimination of customs duties and non-tariff barriers. The PTA moved into its next phase – the establishment of a common market with the formation of COMESA in 1995.

In order to promote the achievement of the aims and objectives, COMESA has established a customs union that aims to abolish all tariff and non-tariff barriers among member states. This means among other things, the evolution of uniform national customs legislation and procedures and the reduction and eventual elimination of import duties and non-tariff barriers on trade among themselves. The target is set for October 2000.

Nature of Business

COMESA aims to promote ‘economic prosperity through regional integration’. It has 21 member states , and aims to establish a Free Trade area that promotes interregional trade.

General Information

Organisation Type: Organisation

Registered in: Zambia

Nick name/Abbrev.: COMESA

Previous Name: Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA)

Business Sector(s):
General Trading

Related Organisations

has a share in: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank – Nairobi, Kenya

Related Countries

has member: Angola

has member: Burundi

has member: Comoros

has member: Democratic Republic of The Congo

has member: Djibouti

has member: Egypt

has member: Eritrea

has member: Ethiopia

has member: Kenya

has member: Madagascar

has member: Malawi

has member: Mauritius

has member: Namibia

has member: Rwanda

has member: Seychelles

has member: Sudan

has member: Swaziland

has member: Tanzania

has member: Uganda

has member: Zambia

has member: Zimbabwe


Secretary General: Mr EJO Mwencha (Erastus)

Contact Information

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

E-mail: Not Known

Office Address:
Trade and Customs Division
Lotti House
Cairo Road

Postal Address:
PO Box 30051

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