Kenya will host the Source 21 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) International Trade Fair and high-level business summit from July 17 to 21, organizers said on Thursday.
CEO of COMESA Business Council, Sandra Uwera, said that the forum will bring together the policymakers and the private sector from the 21 COMESA member states who are the drivers of trade and economic development.
“It will include a presidential dialogue where heads of states will interact with business leaders on key strategies to enhance industry competitiveness and formulate strategies to enhance local sourcing and intra-regional trade,” Uwera said.
She added that the sectoral roundtables will also provide a platform for engagement on sector-specific issues.
“The topics will be centered on manufacturing competitiveness, digitalization and trade facilitation, digital financial services and regional payment systems, standards and quality issues, smart and sustainable cities and the continental free trade area,” said the CEO.
According to the organizers, the platform will also be a forum to address some of the key impediments affecting businesses in cross-border trade as well as promote industrial growth and competitiveness.