Regional Economic Communities (RECs) consist of groups of countries with a shared geographical location that have agreed to some form of economic cooperation. As such, they pursue economic integration, and attempt to eliminate barriers to trade among member states of the RECs.
The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite is an umbrella organisation consisting of three of Africa's RECs, namely the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Southern Africa Development Community and the East Africa Community. It was established in 2005 in an effort to deepen regional economic integration and achieve sustainable economic growth and development. The Second Tripartite Summit, held on 12 June 2011, launched negotiations for the establishment of a Free Trade Area (FTA) consisting of the 26 countries of COMESA, EAC and SADC.
TMSA is supporting this regional integration process by providing administrative, financial and technical support to the Tripartite Institution as well as its constituent Regional Economic Communities, namely COMESA, EAC and SADC.
Specifically, TMSA is supporting COMESA to restructure its secretariat in the light of developments such as the formation of the Tripartite. TMSA is also assisting SADC in the development of its Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP). The Infrastructure Master Plans for COMESA and EAC are in their final stages, and the RIDMP will provide a third key input into the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Inter-regional Infrastructure Master Plan. TMSA also continues to provide long term, technical support to COMESA and SADC.