||A ministerial meeting is held in Lusaka, Zambia, for the consideration of organization proposals.
|The recommendation for the creation of a sub-regional Preferential Trade Area is made during a meeting of Ministers of Trade, Finance, and Planning in Lusaka, Zambia.
||A treaty to establish a Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia is signed.
|The Preferential Trade Area Treaty is ratified.
||The COMESA Treaty is signed by 16 founding members in Kampala, Uganda.
|Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania join COMESA.
||The COMESA Treaty is ratified in Lilongwe, Malawi.
|Lesotho and Mozambique withdraw from COMESA.
|COMESA, as a member of the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States sign the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union in Cotonou, Benin.
||Tanzania leaves COMESA.
|Seychelles joins COMESA.
||Namibia leaves COMESA.
||Angola suspends itself from COMESA.
|The non-reciprocity of the original Cotonou Agreement is transformed into an Economic Partnership Agreement.
||COMESA holds the 13th Meeting of the COMESA Committee of Governors of Central Banks in Cairo, Egypt, where the decision to create the COMESA Monetary Institute (CMI) is made.
|The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Monetary Institute (CMI) is officially launched on March 7, 2011 at the Kenya School for Monetary Studies in Nairobi.
||South Sudan joins COMESA.
|COMESA signs contracts appointing a team of advisors who will work to assist the trade bloc in raising $1 billion to fund the COMESA Infrastructure Fund.
||The COMESA Innovation Council is inaugurated.
|COMESA, EAC, and SADC launch a Tripartite Capacity Building Programme to increase trade within the three blocs.
||COMESA and International Trade Center sign a pact to boost intra-Africa trade.
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zambia and COMESA: COMESA & the EU
International Labour Office: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
Official COMESA Website
The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
TradeMark Southern Africa: COMESA Monetary Institute Born
TradeMark Southern Africa: Zambia Proposes COMES Monetary Body to Lead to Single Currency