NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
(COMESA) can reap 17.5 billion annually in intra-COMESA exports
if all the member states fully implement digital trade
facilitation reforms, the bloc said in a study on Tuesday.
The study, which was
released at the ongoing fifth COMESA Annual Research Forum in
Nairobi, says five countries—Eritrea, Egypt, Sudan, Libya and
Ethiopia—have the greatest intra-COMESA export trade potential.
principal economist at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and
Enterprise Development of Zimbabwe, said the conclusion was
based on their low baseline implementation scores of the six
digital trade facilitation measures in the study.
scores used in the study only captured the paperless trade
facilitation measures that enable efficient coordination and
exchange of data and documents among government border agencies
and business community within a country,” Adam said.
According to the
research findings, top scorers under the assessment criteria
were Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius and Rwanda.
According to the
researcher, the top scorers have exhausted their potential to
generate additional intra-COMESA exports with respect to scaling
up implementation of the six e-trade facilitation measures
considered in this study.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Malawi, Swaziland,
Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe had medium
implementation scores, thus presenting significant potential to
increase intra-COMESA trade.
recommended policy changes by countries with low to medium
baseline implementation scores to scale up implementation of
e-trade facilitation to realize the demonstrated potential
benefits for the region.