The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says it aims to achieve sustainable economic and social progress in all member states through increased co-operation and integration in all fields of development.
COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya said this during the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding-MoU between COMESA and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr. Ngwenya stated that FIATA is a non-governmental organization which represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms and employing around 8-10 million people in about 150 countries.
Mr. Ngwenya said he expects COMESA and FIATA to cooperate in carrying out activities in which they can optimize their respective strengths to jointly contribute to promote economic growth and regional integration by facilitating trade and improving supply chains.
He noted that the memorandum of association signed will also ensure the delivery and management of goods and services through more efficient, safer and sustainable logistics.
He added that the focus of the cooperation will be on work programs containing priorities and actions for the joint implementation of projects and activities of common interest.
And FIATA Senior Vice President Basil Pietersen explained that his company chose to partner with COMESA because it supports regional integration.
Mr. Pietersen said his company looks forward to work with COMESA in order to create a difference in Africa and leave a legacy for generations to come.