President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the opening session of the sixth summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which will open in Cairo on May 22.
As the hoist of the summit, Mubarak will take over the session's chairmanship from the head of state of Mauritania, the current COMESA chairman.
Previewing the summit, Egypt’s assistant foreign minister for African affairs, Ambassador Ibrahim Ali Hassan, said that the leaders of the COMESA member states will review achievements made in the free trade zone since its establishment on October 31, 2001.
The current session is of particular importance, he added, because it will be the first to take place after an accord for the establishment of the bloc's free trade zone has been put into effect.
Ten out of the 22-member COMESA states have joined the free trade zone—Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mauritius, Djibouti, Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and Seychelles, and Namibia and Swaziland are to joint soon. — (MENA Report)
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