ADDIS ABABA – Djibouti and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have signed an agreement that sub-delegates the implementation of coordinated border management activities at Galafi border post, on the Djibouti-Ethiopia border.
As per the agreement, COMESA said a total of 2.5 million Euro is allocated to the project under the European Union (EU) funded Trade Facilitation Program.
The agreement was signed between Ali Daoud Abdou, Secretary General from Ministry of Commerce of Djibouti, and COMESA Secretary General, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe, in Lusaka and Djibouti this week.
The agreement aims at enhancing Djibouti’s participation in regional and international integration agenda through progressive removal of trade barriers at the border.
Secretary General Ali appreciated the support from COMESA and the EU which enabled his country to conduct border assessment studies, and other major activities.
“This support facilitated the development of action plans to support trade facilitation across the Galafi border post and along the Djibouti Corridor,” Ali said.
He also affirmed his government’s commitment to support effective implementation of the Project.
The Horn of African nation will now focus on automating border processes and inter-connectivity of border agencies using the newly found finance.
It will also work on improving and harmonizing regulatory frameworks and procedures at its border crossing to Ethiopia.
This is in line with international and regional standards and best practices, according to the COMESA.
The funds will also support capacity building for stakeholders on innovative and state of the art border operations and other areas, according to COMESA Secretary General Kapwepwe.
The project is part of the €48 million COMESA Trade Facilitation Program, financed under the 11th European Development Fund, through a grant agreement of the EU with COMESA, signed in November 2018.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is a free trade area with twenty-one member states stretching from Tunisia to Eswatini.