African trade bloc looks to boost supply chains

7 December 2017

Business leaders from a key African free trade bloc are meeting to discuss ways to improve trade within supply chains.

Agricultural firms of varying sizes in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are discussing ways to foster business and trade in the supply chains along two major trade routes – the eastern and southern African transport corridors.

The two-day summit, which began yesterday, will focus on the agri industry and look at how firms can generate economies of scale in both agriculture and other priority sectors.

The meeting aims to create a guide to facilitate sustainable business partnerships between potential buyers and existing suppliers operating along the two corridors.

Held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the summit is being run the COMESA Business Council (CBC), the private sector arm of the 19-country bloc.

The meeting included sessions of supply chain mapping, opened yesterday by CBC vice chair Flora Mutahi. CBC also hope to use the gathering as an opportunity to the canvas opinion on a report it recently published on supply chains along the to major trade corridors.

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