ZAMBIA will be among 19 other COMESA member states to attend a summit in Ethiopia whose main thrust will be to address industrialization in a holistic way.
This will be done by focusing on all factors that influence and impact on industrialization such as infrastructure.
The summit, which is also referred to as the authority, is the supreme policy organ of the COMESA and meets once a year.
In a press statement, COMESA explains that the Authority was responsible for the general policy direction and control of the performance of the executive functions of the organization
“The biggest annual event in the COMESA calendar is set to take place this month in Ethiopia when heads of state and governments of the 19 member bloc of countries hold their 18th meeting.
The COMESA summit will convene on 30 and 31 March. Preceding the Summit will be the Council of Ministers meeting whose mandate is to monitor COMESA activities, including supervision of the secretariat.
It explains that this forum also holds the mandate of recommending policy direction and development and its decisions are binding to all member states.
The curtain raiser of the policy organs fora will be the 34th meeting of the administrative and budgetary committee which kicks off on 20 March 2015.
This will be followed by the Intergovernmental Committee (IC), the COMESA Business Council (CBC) forum, the Council of Ministers, EPA Council of Ministers and the 14th meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs.
The Intergovernmental Committee will bring together Permanent or principal secretaries designated by each of the 19 member states.
“It is responsible for the development of programmes and action plans in all fields of co-operation except in the finance and monetary sector. Owing to its heavy workload, this meeting will run for three days beginning from 22 to 24 March 2015,”it states
During the summit, Mr Desalegn will take over the reins of COMESA chairmanship from the incumbent Mr Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.