Tunisia will be the 20th Member State of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) before the end of 2017 (October 2017), “said Industry and Trade Minister Zied Lâadhari.
In a statement to TAP, on the sidelines of a workshop held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the protocol on Tunisia’s accession to COMESA, Lâadhari emphasised the ” The importance of opening up the country to the international market in general and to the African market in particular.
“COMESA is a market that brings together 19 African countries, 500 million inhabitants and 680 billion dollars of GDP,” he said, noting that the visit of the COMESA delegation to Tunisia from April 12 to 14, 2017, aims to increase trade and examine the details of the protocol on Tunisia’s accession following the acceptance, in October 2016, of this accession by the member states of COMESA.
“It is the most important African economic space since it represents about 2/3 of the African GDP,” he said, pointing out that today Tunisia has reached a certain level of industrial and economic maturity on the local market which empowers its companies to penetrate with greater ease and facility the international market and in particular the African market.
The Minister added that a delegation of COMESA met in Tunis with representatives of the various ministries and public structures as well as representatives of the private sector who showed their enthusiasm to enter the African market.
COMESA current member states are Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Comoros, Libya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabawe.