Latest from the Tripartite:The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite is establishing a Project Preparation and Implementation Unit (PPIU) based in Lusaka, Zambia. PPIU will coordinate, manage and monitor Tripartite infrastructure projects in the region. Positions will be contracted by COMESA on behalf of the Tripartite, and funded by Trademark Southern Africa (TMSA).  The following 3 positions are being advertised and applications are invited: PPIU Director, Project Manager (Contract supervision) and Project Manager (Finances).  For more information, visit http://trademarksa.org/publications/comesa-eac-sadc-tripartite-ppiu-vacancy-advertisement

The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite was established in 2005 with the main objective of strengthening and deepening economic integration of the southern and eastern Africa region. This is being achieved through various initiatives aimed at harmonising policies and programmes of the three regional economic communities (RECs) in the areas of trade, customs and infrastructure development, and implementing these in a coordinated manner, and wherever possible jointly.

The Tripartite agenda is focused and underpinned by a robust Vision and Strategy which is operationalised through a wide-ranging work programme whose main pillars include:

  • harmonisation and improvement of functionality of regional trading arrangements and programmes, including establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area encompassing its 26 member countries, which is a major step towards the realisation of the African Economic Community;
  • enhancement of trade facilitation to improve the flow of goods along transport corridors by lowering transit times and the cost of trading. Significant progress is already being achieved on the North South Corridor which has been implemented as a pilot since 2007;
  • joint planning and implementation of infrastructure programmes which mainly comprise of surface (road, rail, border posts, seaports) and air transport, ICT and energy. Enhancing physical interconnectivity through infrastructure development and improving operational efficiencies of border crossings and seaports are important factors in speeding up economic development and facilitating and expanding inter-regional trade, as well as trade with the rest of the world; and
  • free movement of business persons within the Tripartite region to facilitate the conduct of business.

The Tripartite is also addressing challenges of overlapping membership through harmonising programmes across the three RECs.