—-The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Department for International Development (DFID) have signed a 3 million Pounds Grant agreement to support the programme on climate change adaptation in the region.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, United Kingdom (UK) Secretary of State, Justine Greening, said the programme on climate change adaptation is a key in helping COMESA member states to transition in various economic activities.
Ms Greening also said the support will assist in unlocking the economic potential of the COMESA member states thereby reducing poverty.
She reaffirmed of the UK’S increased investment support in health, education, water and sanitation to the developing countries in the world.
DFID Head of Delegation for Southern Africa, Mike Hammond, signed on behalf of the DFID while COMESA Secretary General, Sindinso Ngwenya, signed on behalf of the COMMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite.
And COMESA Secretary General, Sindinso Ngwenya, praised the United Kingdom for its continuous financial support to COMESA.
Meanwhile, Mr Ngwenya has called on COMESA member states to strive in implementing the Free Trade Area (FTA) Tripartite Treaty which he said is important in harnessing trade in the region.
He, however, expressed happiness with the submissions from member states in launching the FTA, saying once launched the project will attract massive investment in the region.