COMESA require a legal framework to deal with smuggling – Scott

Republican vice president Guy Scott has observed that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (COMESA) require a proper legal framework to deal with issues of smuggling as well as trade cartels.

Dr. Scott says much as COMESA may have trade regulations and directives, if such legal frameworks are not domesticated in member states, issues of trade cartels and smuggling may not be addressed in the region.

The vice president said this when he graced the official opening of the COMESA Seventeenth Meeting of Justice Ministers and Attorney Generals in Lusaka today.

The meeting which is being chaired by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba, who is also chairperson of the COMESA Justice Ministers, will also consider the Report of the Eighteenth Meeting of the Committee on legal affairs among other things.

And COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya has announced that the COMESA summit which was scheduled to take place in December this year has been moved to the 26th and 27th of February 2014.

Mr. Ngwenya says the venue still remains Kinshasa the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital.

Mr. Ngwenya has explained that the decision to reschedule the summit was done in consultation with the COMESA authority and the incoming chairperson of COMESA Joseph Kabila the president of DR Congo.

He says the COMESA summit would have created conflict with the Great Lakes SADC conference in the Angolan capital Luanda to be hosted by President Jose Eduardo do Santos in December this year.