Secretariat will be hosting the 8th COMESA Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB)
Focal Points Meeting through video-conference from 8 – 10 July 2020.
The aim of the
meeting is to:
a. Review the existing
COMESA Regulation on Non-Tariff Barriers
b. Discuss the 2nd draft
Working Procedures on the implementation of the COMESA Non-Tariff Barriers
Discuss all outstanding intra-COMESA Non-Tariff Barriers
Officers of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and
representatives of relevant local authorities and private sector associations
will participate in the meeting.
The meeting is
particularly important as the region is known to have a high number of NTBs
that can deter exporters who are trying to export to COMESA Member States. Moreover, in light of the current economic
disturbances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, several Mauritian
manufacturers have expressed their interest to explore regional markets.
At present, there
is one outstanding NTB that Mauritius had reported against Egypt with regards
to the cumbersome administrative requirements imposed by the latter. The meeting will provide a platform for
Mauritius to engage with the Egyptian side on the matter.
08 July 2020