Ambassador Akio Egawa Presented His Credentials to COMESA
On December 3, 2010, Ambassador Akio Egawa presented his credentials to Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya of COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) , which is headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia. Ambassador Egawa had been appointed as the Japanese Government’s Special Representative to COMESA.
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(*) COMESA is a regional cooperation body comprising 19 countries from mostly Eastern and Southern Africa as member states. COMESA was established in 1994 with the goal of achieving sustainable economic and social progress in all member states through increased cooperation and integration in trade, customs, monetary and other fields. Besides the annual heads of state/government summit, COMESA holds ministerial, inter-governmental committee and other meetings. In recent years, COMESA has been tackling such issues requiring a regional approach as trade liberalization, customs procedures, transport administration and improvement of investment environment. At the Fourth Tokyo Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) held in May 2008, the importance of intensified regional integration was recognized for the promotion of effective African development. Japan’s Special Representative to COMESA is entrusted with the important task of strengthening Japan’s relations with COMESA.