The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional organization of 19 African Member States. The COMESA mission is to “endeavor to achieve sustainable economic and social progress ... particularly in trade, customs and monetary affairs, transport, communication and information, technology, industry and energy, gender, agriculture, environment and natural resources.”
The East African Community (EAC), consisting of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, is a leading regional economic organization in sub- Saharan Africa, and has made great strides in recent years toward integration. The EAC has a combined population of more than 153 million and a GDP of $109 billion. USAID supports the EAC to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, enhanced food security, trade and investment.
Regional integration is an important element for economic development in East Africa.
When the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) received a grant from USAID’s African Institution Innovation Mechanism (AIIM), they did not envision the ripple effect of increased funding from other donors that would follow. AGMARK has attributed this positive development to the standardization of its systems funded through the capacity building component of the grant, known as USAID AIIM-Assist.
East African farmers introduced to new markets at Farm-Trade meeting
Last updated: February 10, 2016