Policy & Advocacy COMESA Investment Promotion

COMESA Investment Promotion

COMESA Investment program looks at promoting an environment that is conducive for investment in the COMESA Member states.

COMESA Common Investment Area (CCIA)
The COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government in 2007 adopted the Investment Agreement for the COMESA Common Investment Area (CCIA). The CCIA Agreement seeks to create a stable region and good investment environment, promote cross border investments and protect investment, and thus enhance the region’s attractiveness and competitiveness intra- COMESA region, as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and in which domestic investments are encouraged.

The key features contained in the COMESA Investment Agreement for the CCIA include:

COMESA Model Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs)
COMESA has developed a Model Double Taxation Agreement based on the OECD and UN Models, taking into consideration existing cooperation modalities among COMESA Member States, information exchange and the fight against fiscal evasion. The Model avoids the incidence of double taxation and also addresses the issue of transfer pricing concerns. The COMESA Model DTA is a negotiation fiscal tool for Member States that can be used to negotiate a double taxation agreement with a third party country or among them.

Business Environment – Policy Reforms
COMESA Business Survey and other policy harmonization activities look into the investment climate in most of the Member States, propose areas of improvement or reform and adopt strategies efforts to improve their business climate.

COMESA Regional Investment Agency
This is an institution of COMESA established in 2006 to transform COMESA into an internationally competitive investment area, which allows free movement of capital, labour, goods and services across borders of Member States and thereby facilitate sustainable growth of private domestic and foreign investments in the region.


COMESA Business Council is a Business Member Organization and recognized private sector institution of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

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