Assistant Secretary General in charge of Administration and Finance Amb Nagla El-Hussainy has urged the Committee to persuade Member States who are in arrears to pay their contributions. The committee is comprised of accounting officers from COMESA Coordinating Ministries.
In 2015, the Secretariat proposes a consolidated budget of $64.40 million which is a slight increase from $ 64.20 million for the 2014 Budget. The funds will be raised from contributions by Member States and Development Partners.
This happened on Monday in Lusaka with a call to its Member States to pay their due contributions to the regular budget of the regional organization.
The budget which was presented to the Committee is guided by the 2015 Work Programme whose main thrust is the consolidation of the Intra COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development.
This is planned to be achieved through the Six Pillars which are Market Integration, Cross Border Economic Infrastructure, Industrialisation, Institutional and Regulatory Policies, Capacity Building and Support Services and Resource Mobilisation.
The meeting was also presented with a proposal to introduce a COMESA Machine Readable Travel (CMRT) document in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards deadline of 2015.
The new electronic machine readable travel document will replace the current COMESA Laissez-Passer that the staff uses when travelling on official business which is however not universally accepted in many countries.