The COMESA summit has opened in Uganda’s Capital Kampala today at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi officially opened the summit saying, "Many member states in COMESA are still lagging behind in development because much of their time has been consumed in periods of restlessness and wars."
"It is unfortunate that many times our energies and resources expended in the search for stability in our region are misunderstood and abused by some systems who seem to be threatened by our determination to unite and expedite our business as a region, " said Mbabazi.
He added that COMESA market integration agenda is a building block to a large economic and trading block of Africa Economic Union.
Mbabazi noted that in order to achieve aspirations of a continental integration, and growth of the business, the COMESA region should overcome some barriers faced by some member states in achieving full integration and economic transformation.
Six presidents have confirmed participation in COMESA heads of state summit to be held on November 23, 2012.
According to Uganda’s trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde presidents Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Salva Kiir (South Sudan,) Paul Kagame (Rwanda,) Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) and Joyce Banda (Malawi ) will attend the presidential summit while Eritrea, Ethiopia, Comoros, Swaziland, Seychelles and Zambia will be represented by their vice presidents.