COMESA for integrated youths program

Lilongwe, President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika says an integrated youth approach in all Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries is vital for addressing common challenges that youths face in the region. Mutharika made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday on his return from the 20th Summit of the COMESA heads of state and government summit which was held in Zambia.

The most important thing was the youth such that I made a key note address and we have agreed that we need to have a program of integration in all the 21 countries in the region, he said.

Mutharika’s keynote address focused on digital economy and integrating the youths in financial management and how the two can help in eradicating poverty in the region.

As such, the president said he has invited all member states in the region from the Ministries of Education as well as Youth to come to Malawi so that a program for the whole region can be drawn.

This year’s theme of the COMESA summit, ‘Towards Digital Economic Integration’ intends to highlight the prevailing focus on fully digitalizing the COMESA Free Trade Area business processes under the Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) initiative which incorporates e-commerce, e-legislation and e-logistics.

The summit made history as its membership rose from 19 to 21 as Somalia and Tunisia became new members after fulfilling terms and conditions of accession to the body’s treaty.

Source: Malawi News Agency