Private sector investments will drive integration.

Author:Salama, Heba
Position:Focus on COMESA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa - Brief article

At the Regional Investment Agency (RIA) for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA RIA), we are fully committed to driving investment into and across the COMESA region, and Africa as a whole. This reflects our vision of creating an internationally competitive, prosperous regional economic community while also supporting the integration of the continent as a whole.

As economies inside COMESA are liberalising and diversifying, investment opportunities are multiplying while risks are diminishing. COMESA has been experiencing real and sustainable growth averaging 5% in the past five years. This offers investors the stability they require to commit to long-term plans and access COMESA's half a billion consumers, with an average population growth rate of 2.2% annually within its now expanded 21 member states.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, signed in Kigali on 21 March 2018, offers further opportunity to scale up investment opportunities as the continent seeks to create a...

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