Shoukry Meets COMESA Secretary General
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, currently responsible for coordinating between three regional economic blocs that together comprise 26 east and southern African countries- the COMESA, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC).
The Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said the meeting dealt with ongoing cooperation between Egypt and the COMESA in all fields and ways to strengthen and deepen these relations, especially in regards to economics and trade, as Egypt is considered one of the most active COMESA members.
The Foreign Ministry's spokesperson added the meeting also addressed efforts for holding a tripartite summit, slated to be hosted by Egypt, and its date and a time. The summit is set to witness the participation of the heads of states and governments of 26 east and southern African countries and it is expected that during the summit the launch of a free trade area between the three regional blocs will be announced and an agreement on that matter will be signed to support cooperation between African countries by increasing the size and frequency of trade between them and opening up access to African markets.