Mahlab off to Addis Ababa for 18th COMESA Summit
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab attends the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo - YOUM7

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab will travel to Addis Ababa Sunday to partake in the 18th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Summit of Heads of State and Government, Youm7 reported.

“This year’s summit will discuss solutions to economic challenges in the COMESA’s 19 member states along with key issues of negotiations on the economic partnership agreements with the European Union (EU),” Mahlab was quoted by the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

Proceedings of the summit kicked off March 19 and will run until March 31 under the theme of “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization,” according to the COMESA website.

The meetings of the Committee on Peace and Security took place March 18-19 while on March 20-21 the meetings of the Management Committee took place.

An Egyptian delegation took part in the 34th COMESA Policy Organs meetings along with two ministerial meetings while Mahlab is scheduled to take part in the summit’s heads of state and government meetings scheduled for March 30-31, according to Youm7.

“The summit is very important as it gives Egypt the opportunity to look at the barriers that are hampering efforts to improve trade and industrialization among African countries in general and COMESA member states in particular,” Industry and Trade Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour was quoted by Al-Ahram Sunday.

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